In today’s day and age, many people aren’t satisfied with the jobs they currently have. Whether it’s slaving away in a factory, or working in an office cubicle all day, many people don’t find enjoyment out of their jobs. And this usually spills over into their family life where they end up taking it out on their spouse and children. While it’s true that being employed will help to support you and your family, such as paying the bills, shouldn’t your job be something you enjoy? Shouldn’t it be something you look forward to in the morning? While it’s understandable that not everyone is going to find the perfect job, it should be something you want.
For example, if you’re experienced in writing, would it really make sense to apply for warehouse positions? As another example, if you’re interested in film and media, would you really apply for a restaurant? That’s not to say those jobs won’t help get your foot in the door. Remember, we all have to start somewhere. With that said, how can you ensure you get the job you want? Here are a few things to consider.
#1. Be Persistent in Your Applying
Let’s be honest, as much as we want to get hired, job applications are something most people dread. There are often ridiculous questions asked, the formatting is usually disjointed, and most of the time, they take an hour or so to finish. On top of that, you sometimes have to fill out dozens of applications before you even get a reply back. With that said, it’s important that you’re persistent in looking for employment opportunities. After all, if you really want a better job, and one that fits your criteria, you’ll take advantage of every opportunity. Aside from being persistent in your applying, however, make sure you’re specifically applying for jobs that fit your criteria. If you’re pursuing a writing career, for example, it wouldn’t make sense to apply for a bunch of medical positions. This is especially true if you don’t have the experience, since those positions require high qualifications.
#2. Stand Out From Other Applicants
In order to get the job you want, it’s not just enough that you apply for multiple positions, but that you stand out from other applicants as well. With some jobs, many employers receive hundreds of applications, and only look at ones which are a cut above the rest. If you want to stand out from other applicants, the key lies in your resume and cover letter. For the former, if you have any skills that pertain to that job, such as marketing for example, make them stand out. Put the skills at the top of your resume bullet points, and update your experience as well. Remember, applying for jobs is about more than just submitting your resume and cover letter, you need to make sure your skills are valuable to the hiring manager. As for your cover letter, formally address the business and the position you’re applying for, and be professional about it. Also, make sure to avoid grammar mistakes.
#3. Pursue The Employer
One reason many don’t get the job they desire, is because they don’t pursue the employer. After applying for the position, they wait to get a response from the company. Many times, however, you don’t hear back from the employer at all. Considering all the applications they receive, this makes perfect sense. After all, you’re just one in hundreds of other applicants. With that said, you should call the employment office if you don’t hear back, and ask them about the status of your application. It’s not only a way to see if your employer has even reviewed your qualifications, but even more so, it also shows them your persistence.
For more information about getting the job you want, as well as how to live well and do even better, feel free to contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible.