Apply the Right Way

Part 1 in a series on How to get your dream job?

The 1st step to find and get a dream job is to identify it.

You should know what your dream job is. Not many people do and still they say that I am not happy with my job or I do not like my boss, ascariasis
colleagues or work.

Unless you know where you want to go, sales it will be hard for you to reach there. So identify your dream job. Here is how to do it.

Think about the work you really enjoy – not because it is simple but because it gives you enough opportunity to learn. Also think about what do you enjoy learning about the most. Look for this action and learning in your dream job.

Q: What makes a dream job?

A: A dream job should help you grow and make you satisfied.

Such growth does not come from doing something that you already know. It comes from learning what you do not know yet. It helps if it is related a bit to your current skill set and experience. But there should not be an exact overlap.

With this understanding, take about 30 minutes to think about your dream job. Once you finish this exercise, list down 10-20 companies that you’d like to work with. Now do a search on big job boards and the websites of these companies for jobs that are already advertised in your area of expertise.

Put all these in a document or spreadsheet so that you will not have to go back to find these. After you have made this list – you need to start working on preparation.

Chances there will some gaps in your skill set and experience based on what is required to do your dream job.

During preparation phase, you will work on filling these gaps and get ready to show your best side to the world.

Part 2 in a series on How to get your dream job?

After you identify your dream job it is important that you get yourself ready for the dream job.

I will spare you details like being well groomed and looking good when you go and meet some one. These are important but not the core of preparation for your dream job.

The most important preparation to get your dream job (on any job for that matter) is to understand the job that you are applying for. This preparation starts weeks before you get to the interview.

If you want to prepare well then it is important that you do not focus on applying for too many jobs at one go. If you can – spend 15 days preparing for one job. Never focus at more than two jobs at once. By doing this you will stand apart from other candidates – because most candidates do not prepare and those who do, buy
do it in bits and pieces because they focus on too many jobs at one go.

You also should remove the dust off your resume and tailor it to the job you are applying for.

Also get a cover letter ready specific for this job.

Fine-tune your LinkedIn profile. Get a custom url for your profile. Ask your friends for recommendations. Upload a good picture (head-shot) on your LinkedIn profile.

If you do not have a lot of experience then get some volunteer experience. This can be gained by offering to do things for free for people. This is also the fastest way to get experience, ailment credibility and build connections.

This may look like a lot of preparation but it is totally worth it. If you are really serious being over prepared does not hurt.

Think about it. Will you do it if it increase your chances of getting invited for a interview 5 to 10 times? If you will then go for it; because this is the kind of impact that this preparation can make on your chances of winning your dream job.

Your preparation will also depend on the job you are applying for, and at what level.

If you are someone who is applying for a programming role then it helps if you have a profile on Github and have regular commits there. For a designer a portfolio on a site like dribble is more important.

If you are applying for a role in marketing, then the campaigns you have worked on in the past hold a lot of importance. It also helps if you have additional certificates in areas like brand management or digital marketing.

Now you are on the right path with your preparation, time to apply.

Part 3 in a How to get your dream job series.

The right way to apply for a job is to apply warm and not cold.

A warm application is made through a reference. Whereas in a cold application you send the application in without any common connection.

The difference between the success rate of both approaches (warm or cold) can be more than 100% – warm being better than cold.

Chances are you will be sending an email – most likely after an intro through your common connection. How do you make right connection is part of the next lesson you will learn when we get there.

For now let us discuss other parts of sending this email.

How you write this email is important. Do you not write a very long email. 4-5 lines are good. This should tell in one line what you do right now. Another line or two for what you have been doing professionally in the past. And last line or two should focus on why you are fit for this and to say that you are eager to meet the interview and do this job.

The resume you attach to the email should be lean means you should remove jargons, cardiologist
and tailor your resume to this job.

Now take a deep breath and send it away.

Meanwhile continue your connection building effort and keep talking to the person who will hire you.

Next up we will discuss how to connect with influencers.

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