How to Secure the “Dream” Job
Hi Boss Lady,
We are excited to introduce our #BossHustle series where we cater our blog posts around the topics of entrepreneurship, creating a brand, job hunting and defining yourself. Stay tuned for valuable insights on these topics!
To kick-off the first blog of the #BossHustle series, we are going to dive into job searching and securing that “dream” job of yours 😉
You’re right - the job hunting process comes with many hurdles that one must overcome. We know exactly what you mean, girl. We have been there before ourselves. For those currently on this journey, we have distilled the job hunt down to a simple three step process to help you work towards the job of your dreams.
Despite what you may have heard, you do not have to apply to several jobs before landing the right one. As a matter of fact, do you really have those extra hours that it takes to do this in your already busy life? 🤔 Instead, we suggest putting more time into each job that you apply for by setting your intentions, doing the research required and finally tailoring your resumes and cover letter to grab the attention of the hiring manager.
Set your Intentions
We have to admit that we also fall into the category of people that have gone through the common trial and errors of the job hunting process, which is why we want to help you avoid it altogether. Now, the first step is always the most important, which means that it will also be the step that takes the longest to complete.
Although we may not all fall into the category of individuals that know exactly what they would like to accomplish in life, we all have some idea of the kind of role we would like to be in. Start off with building your list of must haves for your dream job. We consider finding your dream job similar to finding your partner in life, there are a list of boxes that your job needs to check. The following are some useful questions that will help you in making this decision:
- Where do you want to be down the line (think 1, 3, 5, or even 10 years into the future)?
- What does your lifestyle look like down the line?
- What kind of lifestyle would you like to live? Does your career path allow for that? How can you accommodate to ensure that your lifestyle matches the career you would like to pursue?
Don’t worry though, ladies, as this is usually the most difficult part. Once you have decided on your intentions, you would be surprised as to how easily the rest comes together 🤗
Do the Research Required
Research is an essential task to do as it provides you with a better idea of what you are getting yourself into, at the end of the day, in terms of the particular job that you have decided on. This is the area where it's best to be as creative as possible when getting your information, because trust us, the information is out there, you just need to know where to look. The next few sections are some areas that we have found success in finding more information about a role.
This is the foundation of your research. The information that can be found online will help direct you in what your next steps should be. In order for you to learn how you can make yourself more appealing for a role is to find out more about it. This could be as easy as Googling the name of the company and position that is being hired for. Alternatively, we also suggest checking the company’s page on Glassdoor to see what other past/current employees are saying about their experiences working in the company and the company’s workplace culture. Sometimes, you may even find that the company isn’t what you thought it would be. Which, at the end of the day, saves you lots of time and effort since you don’t even need to bother applying after this stage.
Networking, for those that don’t know what it means, is defined by oxford dictionary as “the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.” Now, this is more of an art form rather than a science. In some cases this can come across as fake or in-genuine; in fact, according to a journal published by Journal of Applied Psychology, networking was found to be linked to salary growth over time as well as overall career satisfaction. Mastering this skill is helpful to your professional growth. We will be speaking more about developing this skills set in our upcoming blog post so keep a lookout on that!
Informational Interviews & Coffee Chats
Now this is for the boss ladies that want to go the extra mile in terms of securing their dream job through building relationships. This requires putting yourself out there but also gives you insider insights on your dream role. Informational interviews are the best way to gain an understanding of what a role requires. By reaching out to industry professionals (that are in the role that you would like to be in) for coffee chats, will already put you at a competitive advantage.
I know this seems intimidating, and perhaps not everyone will be receptive to this. In addition, we have to be honest, but you may even have a few people say no to your request to take them out for coffee chats. However, when someone says yes, which they will, make sure to be your genuine self. Not only does this allow you to learn more about the job but this gets you exposed to potential colleagues, supervisors or even mentors.
Tailor your Resume & Cover Letter
According to a study conducted by Orange County Resume Survey, 97% of employers agreed that “a resume should show [them] how you applied the skill that [they] are looking for, not just that you have the skill.” An employer has put effort into crafting a posting, deliberately thinking about the skills that they are looking for, which you can use to your advantage. Knowing the information on a job posting is essential to knowing what you can put and tailor your resume and cover letter to. When you have the advantage of knowing what the company is looking for, take the time to understand it and use that information to put together a strong case for why they should hire you.
We see individuals making the mistake of mass sending their resume without looking it over. In fact, a survey conducted by CareerBuilder found that 58% of resumes have typos. A resume is your first impression an organization has of you; it's your chance to showcase the best of yourself. It is extremely important to make sure that you are putting as much work into your resume and cover letter that you do into your job search.
Other Helpful Tips and Tricks:
- Sometimes the right job is not a specific role, but a specific company whose mission you believe in. Showcase to the company what about their mission attracted you and emphasize how you can provide value to their team.
- Apply early and fast. Have you heard of the first-movers advantage? The concept demonstrates that the person who makes the first move has an advantage over others. This principle applies to the job market as well. Applying to a job as soon as it comes out demonstrates that you are ready, organized, and eager.
- Following up a week after you submit your application, and after your interview with a thank you note will help you stand out from the crowd. Honestly, you would be surprised by the amount of people that do not follow up after their initial interactions. By following up, you are showcasing to your future employer that you are persistent, passionate and that you are willing to take the extra step that most people are not.
Secured your first interview? We recommend the following outfits from our Confidence collection that you can wear to your interview - showcasing both your style and professionalism 😎
- Confiante V-Neck Bodycon Dress
- Confindente Asymmetric Bodycon Dress
- Aftopepoíthisi 2-Piece Blouse and Pencil Skirt
Let us know in the comments below what your dream job looks like and/or what your current job search process.is. We would love to be a part of your journey to success!
Until next time, stay fabulous! ❤️
Annie & Sav
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