In a previous article, Looking for a dream job?, we mentioned that while job seekers are seriously looking for a dream job, employees are constantly looking for a dream applicant, the perfect fit for the position advertised.
Want to be that dream applicant? Here’s how to.
Apply for positions that your skills are applicable to.
Sometimes, the desire to get a job may drive you to apply for any and every job. If you must apply randomly, have at least one relevant skill to or a common interest with the specification. And of course a backup plan. For instance, a carpenter who applies for the position of a tailor needs more than a measuring tape to prove he can do the job. What other tool are you bringing in?
Your back up tool could be enrolling for a related course before your first day at work, or learning on the job. Most employers would prefer the first option though, so include that in your CV – taking a course on so so, and so.
Your CV should be clear, focused and detailed (2 pages and above).
Except in a case where they require a resume, then you can send in a brief description of your work experience in one or two pages. There’s a thin line between sharing your work experiences and bragging. Irrespective of the position you are currently holding or have held in the past, serve your CV warm in a humble pie. No one wants to employ a braggadocio.
Know your employer
You can find as much information about a potential employer on the internet. This does not only shape your responses during your interview, but also shows that you care about the company. Imagine being asked during an interview about your favorite product of the company and you have no clue what to say.
Boldly Ace your interview
When it comes to meeting and discussing with a potential employer, confidence is key. Your CV may have narrowly landed you an interview, your responses could either take you further or send you back home.
Never contradict your CV during an interview
Bearing in mind that your CV has been well-read by your interviewer, make sure you stick to the same story. Be transparent and don’t give rooms for doubt. A single lie can ruin everything.
Observe the 2-weeks wait rule
Most companies contact applicants they are likely to employ within two weeks after the last interview. Calling or mailing the HR before then just to find out your fate appears desperate and may ruin your chances of getting the job.
In a nutshell, when you submit an interesting CV for a job that matches your experience, you are likely to be called for an interview. And when you excite the interviewer with a great sense of reasoning, neither sounding proud nor desperate, you are most likely to win their heart as ‘the dream applicant.’