Getting the Job You Want – A Brief How-To

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Let’s say you find yourself saying I need a new job, a career change, you’re re-entering the job market, or you’re just looking for your very first job. Regardless of the circumstances for you entering the work force, there’s a number of steps to take in order to find the job you want at the pay grade you’ll need. It’s likely that you’re already ready to go in terms of career choice, so let’s run down some things to do in order to get a job that will provide growth and challenging, meaningful work.

Networking is an oft-used tool for getting the job you want. Typically the very best companies will rely heavily on referrals, and so being able to tap into your core group of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to find the job you want is a great weapon in your arsenal. Be sure to let them know that you’re open to suggestions and flexible, and be willing to take a lower-pay initially if it mean you can get your foot in the door on the way to a more lucrative position.

Developing a personal pitch is also an important part of getting a job. Large companies often start with a very generic question that could be answered in a wide variety of ways. Examples will be “tell me about yourself?” or “why are you here?” This is an opening question so that the interviewer gets a sense of who you are in about 2 minutes, and what it is you’re really doing there. Be sure to put an emphasis on your previous experiences and how they’ve helped you grow as an employee. Focus on aspects of previous work (if you have any) that helped you become a better worker or leader.

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Behavioral interviews are quite commonplace these days and the interviewer will ask you about a number of scenarios and how you resolved them. Examples include describing a time you had to work with someone you didn’t like or giving an example of how you did something particularly innovative. Know that these questions are coming and present the scenario like a story. Being confident and comprehensive in your answer will make an employer more likely to select you for the position.

Be sure to research the company that you’re interviewing at. It’s common for employers to ask you what you know about the firm and why you want to work there. If possible, talk to existing employees and find out what it’s like working there. Also get a taste of the history of the company. Find out who the founder is and when it was started. The more you can say about the company and your understanding of their operations, the more likely you’ll be awarded the job.

Finally consider volunteering as a resume-buffer for your job search. Focus on something you’re passionate about. You’ll likely be assigned to easy work at first, but once people understand your commitment you’ll be given additional responsibility. You’ll be helping others, gaining references, and you can emphasize your volunteer experience in your interview. Employees that contribute to the community are more likely to be selected for a job.