“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” — George Lucas, an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur
If you are serious about landing it, you should understand how employers have changed how they find and screen candidates and the importance of investing in yourself.
There is a lot of competition today for high-qualified candidates. It would help if you still put in the effort to find your dream job.
In today’s job market, you must position yourself for success and think about the brand called you.
There are three simple yet powerful career investments you can make to ensure you land your dream job. Let’s dive in.
1. Develop and Refine Your Value Proposition
“Opportunities don’t happen; you create them.” — Chris Grosser, a senior sales consultant
Your employment is defined by your value proposition — the value you promise to deliver to an employer if they choose to hire you.
What do you offer?
How can you help a company grow?
How do you collaborate with others to raise the bar of the department and the overall organization?
Your personal brand is crucial to career success. It’s the combination of your skills, experience, and personality. A personal brand is about how you want the world to see you and how it sees you.
“Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” — Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
Employees have more control in today’s market, which has given rise to the Great Resignation. However, employers want excellent candidates and still have choices. It is best to invest in yourself to ensure you stand out in a pile of 100 resumes.
Work on your LinkedIn profile. Earn free certifications. Lean technical skills. To land your dream job, you must be a life-long learner.
It is also helpful to give back to others by mentoring. The best way to learn is to teach others. We often get trapped by the curse of knowledge and have trouble communicating with others. It’s in our head, but it doesn’t come out in our words in written or oral form.
2. Master the Virtual interview
It can be tough to navigate the new interview process where things are virtually over Zoom. Those who can master the virtual interview will land their dream job. The interview process is a great way to show you are dependable, available, and willing to work hard in today’s hybrid work world.
In a virtual interview, employers look for engagement and commitment. They pay attention to your body language, such as shifting eyes, tone of voice, and notifications that may happen on your computer. They want your undivided attention, just like with an in-person interview, and they want to know that you take it as seriously as a face-to-face interview.
It would be helpful to learn how to master the virtual interview by watching YouTube videos, conducting mock virtual interviews with family and friends, and doing a dry run. Being comfortable on camera is essential to your career success and landing your dream job.
Make sure you do your homework, ask intelligent questions, and make it a fluid two-way conversation. It would be beneficial if you knew how to master the art of small talk, become a better conversationalist, and effectively communicate.
What makes you different than other candidates?
Do you have quantifiable examples of your successes?
Do you have unique experiences and stories that demonstrate your expertise?
3. Think Like an Entrepreneur
People who stand out from the pack understand their unique value and think like entrepreneurs. Even large corporations can be startups in nature with their processes and offerings. It would be bet if you thought like a chief executive officer (CEO) to land your dream job.