When it comes to job search, especially in a country like Nigeria, it’s the survival of the fittest. It’s already so hard getting a regular job that’s not even close to what your dream job looks like. This means, to getting your dream job requires more than just sending out CVs. You need to take extra steps and pay extra attention, than you would when you’re searching for just a job – no dream attached.
Here are a few tips to set you in motion in landing that dream job:
Define what you want
Before you network, and certainly before you step into an interview, know your goals and what you’re dreaming to do. That sounds like a no-brainer, but the No. 1 mistake job-seekers make is not being able to articulate what kind of job they want.
A lot of people will say, ‘I’m not exactly sure”, thinking they’ll never get that perfection. You need to be able to describe what you want. If you can’t share that, you waste people’s time. If they leave without knowing how to help, forget it.
You need to be on LinkedIn! More than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find talented candidates, even when looking to fill top management jobs. And it influences them.
Turnoffs include casual photos, sloppy writing, and incomplete or inconsistent profiles. Turn ons: recommendations, thorough documentation of work accomplishments, engagement with groups and content. Think of your profile as a place to provide your career narrative rather than your career history.
Seek ways to stand out
You’re one in millions of potential job seekers in LinkedIn, Lagos, and even Nigeria. You have to be incredibly more creative than you were in the past.
If you send an email with a resume attachment, the recruiter might not even look at it. Find the one thing that might impress him about what you’ve written down in your application letter. Have you done enough research to know the recruiter’s name. Yes, it can be something that little. In the game of hiring, it’s become quality over quantity.
Master the art of networking
Many times, people land good jobs without even having to apply. What simply happened is – they met with the right people who were able to link them up. The quickest way to land your dream career is to master the art of networking.
Go out there and meet people, be genuinely interested in them, and have an interesting enough life that they are interested in you.
You never know who someone knows, and that chance encounter you had chatting up that older gentleman in a suit may be the reason that you land the job of your dreams.
Use social media for creating your brand, not for self-promotion
Your certificates and experience can win an A grade, but you should not rely on just that. Show the world what you’ve got in you by taking advantage of social media. Use platforms like Twitter genuinely—to develop a professional voice and share industry-related news you’re actually passionate about.Throw in some -personality— or put on your “social media mullet” (business in the front, party in the back)—and you’ll really shine.
What steps are you taking to land that dream job?