You probably have a company you’ve always dreamed of working at or a career you really want to develop. Maybe you wish you could enjoy the work you do; you want your work to be gainful and fulfilling at the same time. Whereas getting to do the jobs we would really like to do is sometimes a game of luck, there are things you can do to help you get you off to a good start towards the direction you would like to go.
- Be willing to start at the bottom. To get where you want to be, you have to be willing to do the work and have the humility to learn. No job is beneath you. There’s always a valuable lesson at every stage of our lives. The best place to learn and make mistakes is at the bottom because when you are at the top, the stakes are higher. Besides, if you can’t be trusted to handle the small stuff, how are you going to be trusted to take the lead when the time comes?
- Rack up experience and qualifications. Make it your business to know more than what you currently need to know for your job so that when your dream job or big break lands in your lap you are in a position to deliver. Also even if your current job situation is not where you want to be eventually, make it a point to be resourceful and knowledgeable. That way you will be noticed more and more likely to get a promotion. Take advantage of free online courses, webinars and podcasts to grow your knowledge.
- Be assertive. When given a chance to contribute to a discussion or to make a decision,take it. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for what you need or believe in especially when there are chances for promotion or when you need a salary increase. You can’t close a deal if you are not willing to be assertive and go after what you want.
- Save the modesty for another time. Don’t sell yourself short. At the appropriate time, talk yourself up and bring out all the relevant experience you have during a job interview. When you are doing performance reviews,don’t be shy to point out your achievements and contributions and what else you can do for the company. The same applies for if you are trying to pitch a business deal to investors or trying to attract customers.
- Apply for the job you want. Don’t apply for jobs just for the sake of doing so. Whatever your motive is, it must be strong enough to ensure you do your very best and grow your the career you want. Even if the job you apply for isn’t necessarily your dream job it should at the very least be a job you can learn from, something that will eventually lead you to your dream job. Do not put all your hopes in one place. Apply! Apply! Apply to as many places as you can as long as they are within the realm of where you want to go. In a nutshell make sure that when you are considering job opportunities they align with your career and life goals.
- Do your research beforehand. Companies want to hire people who actually know what they are talking about and it helps if you actually know about the company and its ethos. Think about how you can contribute to their bigger picture. Make sure you know all there is to know about the job. Make it your business to understand what kind of person the job requires and what is expected of the person that gets the job. Are you in position to actually deliver?
- Make sure your resume is on point and an honest representation of you and your work experience. Have a comprehensive and well organized resume. Your resume should be suited to the job you are applying for and should clearly highlight your relevant experience and whatever else the call for applications specified. Refrain from littering your resume with things that will detract from the important parts of it. The truth is with the volume of applications HR get, they just don’t have time to comb through your resume. While we are still on this subject I’ll just state the obvious; whatever you do, don’t lie on your resume.
- Dress for the job you want. Dress appropriately for the job you are applying for. Not only does this boost your confidence, it also gives a good first impression to whoever is interviewing you. When you do land the job, adhere to the dress code. Whereas it is important to stay true to your personal style it is just as important to make sure you are still presentable.
- Punctuality matters. If you want to be taken seriously, always show up early. When you are late you may be flustered and disorganized. Not to mention it is not a good look to your potential employers or colleagues. You never want to be the person that missed an opportunity of a lifetime because you were late. If it can’t be helped, call ahead to let your employer or colleagues know you are going to be late.
- Faith can move mountains. Be confident and believe in yourself. I can’t tell you how many people have applied for jobs or pursued careers everyone told them they had no business applying for or pursuing and are now reaping the benefits. I have interviewed people who had confidence in spades and hired them because of how convicted they were of their ability to perform and I was truly impressed by their passion to learn and excel. I might not have hired them for the position they applied for but I did hire them in other positions because I saw their potential. So walk into that interview room or performance review with confidence and show them your passion and conviction. It is really hard to look past those things.
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