Thursday, 14 April 2016

How To Bag Your Dream Job

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Firstly, I hope all you #BloggingGals are having a lovely week and your blog is as fierce as ever!

I thought I would write something different today. My other posts have been largely focussed on blogging tips which have been really popular, but I wanted to branch out into the murky area of life tips. 

Although I'm only 20 years old, I've had my fair share of jobs, interviews and endless applications and I wanted to share some of my tips on how to bag your dream job.
I've had experience also being on the other side of the table, selecting candidates and interviewing people, so you could say I've had the best of both worlds.

Be Positive

My number one tip for those on the hunt for a job is to be positive. It can seem like there are no jobs out there, or at least ones that you're interested in. Then when find one you are, you don't have the experience and/or qualifications!
But hold up. Don't let this put you off applying! I've actually been successful in bagging a graduate job, without the degree. So don't let this dampen your spirits.
If you're driven enough and have the right attitude to the job, you'll be an attractive candidate to a potential employer. Don't let a piece of paper define you. 

Review Your CV Regularly 

I cannot stress this point enough. Ensuring your CV is updated and with relevant content on is a must. Companies don't really want to see a 3 page CV with your experience of being a barmaid taking up most of the page, unless you're obviously after a barmaid position.
Keep it short, keep it relevant. If you can, ensure your CV is only a page long. Also consider having your blog on your CV, it's a massive talking point in your interview and chances are you have transferrable skills you've learnt from blogging to apply to the role you're after. 

Do Your Homework

If you are given the chance to interview for the role, first of all, CONGRATS! But ensure you've done your homework.
There's nothing more cringe worthy than asking a candidate about how much they know about your company and they sit awkwardly twiddling their thumbs and wishing the ground would swallow them up. It doesn't take much, just a quick google to cover the important who/what/where and why will do. 

Utilise Your Linkedin Profile

If you're reading this post, chances are you're a social media lover like me. But do you have a LinkedIn profile? If you don't you totally should do.
Now, I'm relatively new the realms of LinkedIn, but it's a great platform to showcase your CV online to potential employers. It's also a great source to find the latest jobs in your area, that aren't necessarily posted on the generic job search sites. 

Be Persistent and Follow Up 

If anything this tip is more for common cotters purposing, but ensuring you email the people who have interviewed you is a great way to show your interest and enthusiasm for the role. Sending a few lines to the company showing your gratitude for the opportunity to showcase your talents will not only earn you brownie points, but it will make sure you're leaving a great, lasting impression!

Let us know if you have any other tips on how to bag your dream job, you can tweet me or Blogging Gals, we'd love to hear your suggestions!

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