Career tips for your dream job


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Everyone has this job they obsess about. It could be due to the perks that come along with the job (a fat cheque, annual holidays or any other benefits). Do you realize that your dream job could turn into reality? If so, what are you doing to work towards that? Here are some tips on how to earn that dream job.

1. Research well about the job.

What course or training is relevant in that job industry? Where can you receive proper training? Is the institution accredited? Will the job deprive you of your social life? Are you comfortable working with people (are you introverted or extroverted)? Are you more comfortable working with machines than with people? What is the future of the said job? Will the job still be relevant years to come? If the job becomes redundant, will your training and skills be flexible enough to suit another industry? 

2. Look for a mentor.

It goes without saying that investing your time in something, makes you good at it. You have to look for somebody who has been in the industry for some time to be your guide. He or she can give you a breakdown of the job. Maybe what you expect about the job is not really what the job has to offer. Maybe you will be required to work for longer hours than you expect. A mentor will also give you insight on how to handle pressure and on what to expect in the future of the job market. A mentor will also direct you on job openings and how to apply for the same.

3. Apply for internship programmes.

If your job hunting turns out to be futile, source for internship programmes. It’s also advisable to source for internships while you are still in college. Internships expose you more to the reality of the job market. Through an internship, you will learn skills that are relevant to the job market.

An internship will also help you network with people in the same industry. As you intern, be ready to give free services. If you happen to land an internship at an established company, you may earn a stipend. Be a  good intern and prove to your employer that you could make a good employee. He/she could retain you as an employee in the same industry or refer you to other employers. After the internship asks for a recommendation and keeps in touch with your employer just in case a job opening pops up.

4. Source for job opportunities.

Job hunting could be such a tiresome and draining process. You’ll need to be a tough cookie to manage. But remember, iko kazi.

Look and follow sites which post job openings. Post on the sites the kind of job you are looking for. Follow pages of the companies you desire to work for on social media. These companies often post their job openings. It is also advisable to apply and register on their job recruitment portals.

Remember to set your salary expectations low especially if you are a beginner in the job market. Look out for new companies and grow with them, that way, you have the opportunity to learn and retain a permanent job. Inform your friends and relatives about your job search so they may inform you if they come across job opportunities.  

5. Applying for the job.

When you finally come across a job opening, it’s time to strike the iron while it’s hot. Note the application deadline and give yourself ample time for the application process. Look through the job requirements and see that you meet them. Look at the years of experience and the level of education that is needed.

If you do not meet the required skills there are low chances of being scheduled for an interview. Customise your CV and cover letter to fit for the job being applied for. Look out for grammatical errors in your CV as they may appal the reader. If you do not feel proficient or confident enough to work on your CV, look out for sites which can custom your CV at a small fee. It’s also advisable to apply for jobs even when there is no job opening just to make employers aware that you are looking. New and upcoming companies generally have openings hence it’s advisable to send in your applications.

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6. Interview.

Finally, you have now been shortlisted for an interview. It’s time you bring out your A-game.

Look out for the location of the interview and master it beforehand. If you are shortlisted spontaneously, source for trusted sources to give you directions; Google Maps could come in hand at such a time. Use familiar means of transport and routes to avoid being late for the interview.

It’s also necessary to leave for the interview venue a bit earlier if you are not well aware of the place. It’s also very important to observe proper dressing during the interview day; official attire is the most suitable.

Carry your original documents that are relevant for the interview as well as a number of photocopies of the same. Observe punctuality or better still, arrive at the premises a bit earlier. Observe confidence and be straight forward when answering your questions.

Do not forget to thank your interviewer(s) after the interview.

Follow through after the interview to get feedback.

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