In search of a dream job, people spend many hours on job sites. They send dozens of resumes, but often do not receive any response from employers, let alone an invitation to an interview. It's not surprising, though. After all, according to a study by Brandon Hall Group, a large employer receives from 102 to 137 resumes for each of the open positions.
Anyway, it's hard to call such a job search effective. You should approach the search with intelligence and strategy. Here are five tips that may help you find the job of your dreams.
Decide on your search criteria
Identify the five criteria that are most important to you. For some it will be corporate culture, for others it will be a position or salary. "If you understand what motivates you as an employee, it will be easier for you to write a resume that matches your aspirations and skills," said Paul Sandusky, vice president of Ceridian.
But be flexible as well. "You don't want your narrow specifications to cost you a job at a dream company," said Maria DeLeon, vice president of Glassdoor. If you got to the interview at the dream company, but your qualifications aren't quite right for the job you're applying for, be perfectly honest. Tell the interviewer about your skills and your desire to work here. It is possible that the company, seeing your interest, will find a more suitable position.
Make a list of jobs that match your criteria
Once you are clear about what you want from your job, use these criteria to search. Create a list of suitable jobs. This is not a conditional list in your head, but a very specific document. For example, Cheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, used an Excel spreadsheet when she was released from Harvard, where she carefully documented the search process. Perhaps you would be more comfortable working with a notebook and a pen. But, one way or another, systematize the process.
Study the job text very carefully
Some people do not read the job and send their CVs to all places that are at least remotely relevant to their skills. This is a mistake. Reading a long "towel" of the requirements set out in the job, strange as it may seem, save time. After all, you are unlikely to get a job that you do not meet, but you may lose time for hopeless correspondence and interviews.
Change your resume and cover letter
There's no need to send the same resume to all companies. If you go to a big and famous employer, do not be lazy to put a few individual features in the text. Not superfluous - adjust your resume so that it fits the vacancy as a key to the lock. For example, if the text of the vacancy in the first place mentions the presence of experience, and in the second - specific skills, then in the resume and rearrange items accordingly.
Look through your acquaintances
A lot of vacancies simply do not get on the Internet. You should look for such a job through your friends. This, of course, is not about "nepotism", but about contacts that you could get at any professional conferences or seminars.
Write on social networks about what you are looking for work. It is quite possible that one of your friends knows a person who knows someone who needs a specialist like you.
Of course, there is simply no universal recipe for a job. But a smart approach to finding a job significantly increases your chances of getting a good job.