If you’re not in your dream job yet and scared for a change, it may not be so overwhelming as it seems. Here’s how to accomplish that dream pay-off and eventually find the job that you love.
Evaluate your career change by making a list of your current skills (and improvements therein), ideal working environment (indoors or outdoors?), your passion and sacrifices to consider (time and emotional adjustments) to go for a new endeavor.
Research about the companies you wish to work for. This means, thorough research. Do your homework.
Talk to people who are knowledgeable about the company you’re interested in, to get a way to directly contact company employees to show your enthusiasm to work with them. Make the right connection.
Update your resume and emphasize job skills related to the job. Specify position applied for, not a one-size-fits-all category.
Back up your resume with experience and concrete evidence. They’ll gauge you for that.
Go back to school if your dream job entails more training to learn the necessary skills. Most schools offer short courses online.
Mention in your cover letter, besides being brief and direct to the point, that you would devote yourself to helping achieve the company’s mission and success.
Use numbers to your advantage if you have contributed say, $150,000 to the company.
Post your neat and professional resume online once, using the right keywords to match the job description. Better yet, pay for a resume listing service.
Update your resume regularly if skills improve in time.
Don’t mention salary requirements in your application. Your employer will ask you about it.
- Your résumé or Curriculum Vitae should focus on quality, not quantity, of industry expertise. Give more details on accomplishments on how you excelled, not responsibilities on just how you did it.
- Double check your contact information; a single misplaced character can cost you your dream job.
- Make sure when you send your resume via email, it is virus protected.
- Save your resume in a text file or Word Document.
- When dealing with contacts outside the country, be careful.
- Don’t lie in your résumé or Curriculum Vitae because someone will always find out because that can be a big problem.
- If a job offer is too good to be true, it most probably is.
- There are a lot of false job postings on the Internet that only aim to collect personal information. This is a violation of the law, but it still happens.
- Do not engage in job opportunities involving money transfers.
- Do not give personal information over the phone. (Social Security number, credit card and bank account information, age, birthday, ethnicity, spouse name, civil status, etc.)