In the SOS series we recognize that there is no level playing field in the real world and we provide a unique perspective on how to tilt things in your favor
What is the secret of getting the dream job?
First step is to be qualified. For most dream jobs there are several seekers who are qualified. If you are not qualified, put in the work that is required to become qualified. The problem is that there are normally many people who are qualified. From that pool of qualified people, how do you become one who is selected for the dream job.
Most serious candidates will do the research on the Company and revise their resume appropriately. This is a prerequisite, rewrite your resume with professional help for each opening that you are serious about. A resume is no longer about you, it is about matching you with the job.
Look at a job hunt like a campaign, do a rehearsal prior to every interview. This will minimize the surprises and help you develop answers for all the difficult but predictable questions about your experiences. This is like going for an exam where you know the questions beforehand.
In a job interview, reduce the amount that you talk, ask questions rather than trying to impress the person who is interviewing you. Try to see the world from the point of view of the person who is on the other side. How many people does he have to interview in a busy day. What are his/her worries and anxieties about the company. How long has he been there. What are his views on what works. Many people make the fatal mistake of trying to over praise the company that they do not know from the inside. The person who is interviewing you knows the Company better than you do, let them tell you, what it is like.
Finally, the most important difference between candidates is not the experience that they bring, it is the attitude to work and life. The workplace is difficult, you want to have a positive attitude and the ability to deal with adversity. The ability to learn new things and adapt to change is more important than experience.
So far we are batting a perfect score of 100 percent in helping our people find new jobs. Hope these tips will be helpful.