If you want to get ahead in the workplace, you need to up your game and land the job of your dreams. In this article, you’ll discover some simple tricks that can help you stand out from the crowd and get your foot in the door at your next meeting with HR department managers.
Network, Network, Network
One of the best ways to land a job is to network with other job candidates. Whether you choose your local job board or social media, networking is a crucial part of the process. You’re likely going to meet people at work who you don’t know, and that can be a scary prospect. But don’t be afraid to ask for help. If someone you’re networking with seems to be having a hard time, ask if you can help. Everyone has boundaries, and the person who will be helping you could be the one who’s feeling the pinch the most.
Build a strong resume
Ahead of time, you should be building a strong resume. Start with your most recent position, and build from there. Your cover letter can reference your most recent position and include your greatest accomplishments as well as any skills you’ve developed since then. Your resume should be tailored to the job you want. This is especially important if you’re not experienced in the tasks associated with a specific job. If you have no experience whatsoever than your resume needs to show transferable skills for the job. If you do have experience, list it on your resume, especially if it’s relevant to the job you’re applying for. It shows that you’re passionate about what you do and it shows that you know how to put your experience to use.
Always ask for the job you want
Getting the job you want is only half the battle. Once you have the job, it’s important to keep it. Keep it safe. Always follow the company rules even if you think they’re a bit stiff. And always, always ask for the job you want. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s something that so many new job candidates don’t do. The reason? Fears that they’re going to be let go if they ask for a promotion or a better pay increase. If this is the case, then you might as well stay in the “minimum-wage” job you have. But, of course, that’s impossible. You want a better job. So ask. Always ask. The difference between asking for what you want and never asking for something might be the difference between staying in your job and getting promoted or getting your dream job.
Dark offers don’t scare me – sleep on them
Some employers will give you a job offer. Sometimes you may need to sleep on it if your intuition feels that something isn’t right or you may want to negotiate terms. That can be risky but that is a chance you may need to take.
Be prepared to relocate
Moving from one city to another can be a huge change for any job candidate. Even if you’re commuting between two different states, it means going against your comfort zone. That’s why it’s important to be prepared to move if necessary. If you have to move for your job, make sure you have a plan. Your plan should include things like where you’ll live and what you’ll do during your commute. If you have to move because of a job change, make sure you have an exit strategy. Your plan should help you get your foot in the door at your new employer as well as your new location.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a promotion
It should go without saying, but you absolutely must ask for a promotion when you’re in a position to get it. Even if you think you deserve one and you know you can ask for it, some people will respond better to a direct order. If you have to ask for a promotion, make sure you do it like this: “I was wondering if you could give me a promotion to the CFO position?” By making this request in a direct and clear way, you show the person that you know what you’re capable of and you don’t mince words either way. It also gives the person an opening to give you a more direct answer or to tell you no.
No matter what career you’re in, you need to be prepared for job interviews. That’s why it’s important to put together a job search plan that includes your networking and job hunting techniques. Job interviews are nerve-wracking, and if you’re not in the right frame of mind, you might end up causing damage by being too nervous. Your job search is not over when you walk into the hiring manager’s office. In fact, you just began it. Your job is to stand out from the crowd, and these tips will help you do that.