Are you in the market for a new job? Interview clothes ironed? Resume up to date? Done your homework on the company? Tick tick tick. You might want to also consider these 5 creative tips that you may not have thought of, to help you lock in your dream job. Remember that applying for a new role and your career path is as individual as you. No two applications are the same and the career paths of some of the world’s most successful people might just surprise you.
1. Set your eyes on a role or particular company – don’t just wait for the advertisement – research the company, approach them about internship or their work experience program. Consider related roles or entry level positions and offer to volunteer. Dreaming of becoming a Vet spend your weekends’ volunteering at the RSPCA. This kind of experience cannot be bought.
2. It’s okay to knock on the door and present your resume. Ensure you are polite and clear about your reason for being there. This is technically the first part of the interview process so dress and speak appropriately (I know more than one story of candidates securing roles by being in the right place at the right time, looking the part and being happy to wait and interview on the spot!)
3. Do your research (if I only had a $1 for every candidate that when asked in interview told me they hadn’t even looked at the company’s website!) Read the website and get a feel for the company and brand. You could even highlight a few points to bring up in the interview in question time.
4. Be the real you! Yes, be confident selling your successes and telling your story but take some time to build a relationship with the interviewer – show an interest in their history and the story of the company. People love a human connection. Don’t wait for them to get back to you, as soon as the next day email the Interviewer with a thank you for their time.
5. Don’t focus on getting your dream job today! Have a plan that may take a few steps to get there. Consider openings in the company at a different level or department. Most companies advertise vacancies internally and if you already have your foot in the door…