Whether you want to be an activist like Angie or a singer like Selena, landing your dream job can be one of the toughest things you have to do. Luckily, with a bit of ambition and bucket loads of hard work it is achievable and we’re here to help you out with our top 10 tips to make sure you end up with a job that doesn’t require you to work a single day for the rest of your life!
- Decide what you want to do
This can be a tricky one to figure out, but try finding out what you do want to do by first deciding what it is you don’t want to do. For example, I don’t want to be a scientist so a part-time job in bio-chemistry is out. It’s important to note that there will always be parts of every job you don’t like so try not to focus on the negatives and spend more time embracing the positives – working in a restaurant isn’t my dream, but the free dinner I get is pretty good (free food is always a perk).
- Know your strengths
This is similar to the last one. Are you the next Da Vinci or Eminem perhaps? It might be difficult to fully know your own strengths but ask friends and family what they think you’re best at. If you’re creative or organised try to look for a job that matches these strengths. It may not always work out but knowing your strengths and how they can add to a potential job will stand to you.
Writing the CV
Your CV should include the following:
- Personal Details: D.OB, mobile number, address
- Education: Starting with the most recent, list your place of education, both the name of the institution and its location, what you did/do and your grade (received or expected)
- Work Experience: Name & address of where you worked, your job title and a brief description of your job
- Achievements: You’ve worked for them so show them off
- Interests: This is more important than you might think, for example playing sport shows a team player, music often suggests creativity
- Referees: No more than two is needed.
- Checking the CV
Checking your CV for spelling errors and mistakes could save you a lot of grief and ultimately land you that job. Have a friend proofread your CV because you sometimes don’t recognise your own mistakes. Better yet, if you’re still in university, go to the careers centre who are more than happy to help with reviewing CV’s. This is normally free and on campus so you could be productive while skipping that lecture.
- Apply, Apply, Apply!
One of the worst mistakes anyone can make is to give up after applying for one job. Yes, it may be annoying but the more you apply for, the more of a chance you have of getting there. It’s really important when applying for a job that your CV matches the job description, i.e. if they’re looking for a responsible candidate show through your CV an example of a time you did this.
It’s also crucial to keep a copy of what you said in your application. Trust us, this will save you later.
- Interview practice
Yay! You’ve been called for an interview. First things first you need to learn about the company. Interviews will end within two minutes if you don’t know this basic information. Next thing to do is practice. Get your friends and family to act as interviewers. Yes, it might be boring but the tougher they are the better you’ll be on the day.
So the day dawns, don’t panic you’ve got there because you’re good enough. Get out the interview clothes and nicely ask Mammy to iron them. You should be comfortable but smart and aim to be at least thirty minutes early – if you don’t know where it is allow an hour. The first impression here is everything so a good firm handshake and eye contact is essential. Don’t fidget and smile where you can.
- Be yourself
This is crucial. Just be you, don’t lie on the application, the CV, or during the interview. Tell the truth even if it highlights a weakness. They’ll respect you more in the long run and it’s a lot better to say it outright than to be found out a few weeks into the job.
- Wait, and wait some more
Post-interview is probably the worst time. Try not to over think it, you’ve done your best and there’s nothing more you can do. If it doesn’t work out then just go back to step 5 and repeat.
CONGRATULATIONS! You landed the job! Celebratory food and cocktails is definitely in order!