The end of the year is an ideal time to reflect and evaluate what you’d like your life to look like this time next year. If your plans include going after your dream job, prepare yourself well before you start sending out resumes by doing the following:
1. Be Smarter About Your Social Media Usage
Most people know to be careful what they post on social media in the months prior to looking for a new job. After all, you want to present yourself in the best light possible, not have your prospective employer sift through your “dirty laundry.” However, Money magazine advises taking your social media skills up a notch and letting all of your social media contacts know about your search. They also suggest turning the tables on your interviewer and researching him or her on social media, so you have a better idea of how to interact with him or her.
2. Optimize Your Resume
Many companies that take in a lot of resumes use a software program to scan resumes and weed out the ones that don’t meet the required criteria. Unfortunately, sometimes a good candidate can also get eliminated in this process. Avoid this happening to you, advises Mashable, by getting rid of images and graphics, using a common, no-frills font, and eliminating any irrelevant information.
3. Learn How to Ace That Interview
Making the most of a job interview is a skill, just like learning to play the piano or ride a bike. Few people are able to ace that interview on their first attempt. Inc. magazine advises to be polite to everyone you meet while interviewing, know a little bit about the company before you arrive, review your resume so you’re familiar with all of your experience, and avoid nodding too much and failing to meet the interviewers eyes. You can also check out this awesome guide to acing the interview process – from outfit advice, to how to tell if your interview went well and everything in between, this post from CoursesOnline has it all covered.
4. Don’t Just Rely on Conventional Job Searching Avenues
Forbes magazine advises job seekers to expand their reach beyond the traditional job seeking venues, such as newspapers and popular job-hunting sites. They suggest letting everyone you encounter know about your job search, because the majority of good jobs are filled without a classified listing.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Start at the Bottom
Sometimes getting prepared for your dream job means making a lateral career move or even taking a step backwards. Being prepared to start slow, even if it means working two jobs for a while, shows employers that you’re passionate about the field and are willing to put in the time and work necessary to succeed, according to Monster.com.