Times have changed a lot, especially in the last few years.  We went through a worldwide pandemic that made a lot of us re-evaluate our lives and careers.  So many people are looking at life through a different set of lenses.  And, making changes they thought they would never make a few years ago.

If you are one of those people, or you found yourself back in the job market again, this blog should help you get some perspective on getting the interview for the job you dream of. 

Since this is part one, I will start with 5 tips to get you started.  Note, these don’t have to be completed in this order… 

  1. Know what your top 3 careers/industry are.  Make sure you take the time to determine the type of job or industry you want.  How does it fit with your personality and values – both work values and especially life values.  If you have ever completed a career and/or personality assessment, review it again.  If not, reach out and I’d be happy to assist.
  2. Know your strengths and skills.  You know what you are capable of accomplishing.  You know what lights your fire and makes you excited to be at work.  Make a list.  Use that as often as possible. Showcase your skills to the person reading your resume and cover letter so that you can really show them how you can be an asset to their company.  And, especially during the interview.
  3. Use your network.  Use your social networks to make connections.  We are often only separated by 1 or 2 people and you may have friends that know where you can find your dream job or have a contact at the company you are interested in.  Things come up when more people know what you are looking for. Start opening your eyes and ears and see what is right in your backyard. Verbalize your need.
  4. Complete some informational interviews.  As your network provides leads and contacts, look for opportunities to conduct some informational interviews. It’s a great way to get the inside scoop on an organization and learn things that are never listed in the posting.  Plus, it gives you an advocate/mentor in the organization!  If you want to learn more on how to conduct informational interviews, let me know.
  5. Prepare.  Research the company you are interested in applying for a position with.  Know what they do, their goals, and their mission statement.  Anything you learn is going to help you not only land an interview, but also show them that you are interested in the company enough to take time to learn about them even before working there.  Make sure you share those tidbits during the interview.  You can even sprinkle them in your cover letter.  

You may even discover local events sponsored by the chamber of commerce, rotary club or professional groups or that you can attend and get to know team members (hint, hint — more networking!).

The list above will give you a good start.  Next month we will go into the last 5 tips so you can get interviewed and hired at your dream job! If you would like any support or have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.  I would love to chat!