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Finding and getting your dream job may seem impossible. It may feel like you have to jump through a thousand hoops just to be acknowledged and get an interview. As hard as it may seem to get the job of your dreams, with the right amount of planning and preparation, you can make it a reality.

If you are wanting to stand out above the rest of the competition and win your dream job, then follow some of the top tips below:

1. Complete a Self-Assessment

A good place to start is by learning about yourself. If you know all of your pros and cons, then you will be able to sell yourself better to any employer. You could start by producing a CV which emphasises all of your good points.

Remember to include any relevant work experience you have had, as this will be a big plus with employers. If you are wanting to work in a certain field, then consider sending your CV to potential employers.

There are different ways to find potential employers. You can choose to manually hunt for vacancies or go through recruitment agencies.  There are a huge range of recruitment agencies and to make your CV distribution efficient you may want to use an online CV distribution recruitment agency to do this for you. Your prospective employer may be closer than you think.

2. Find the Job and Research It

If you find an advert for the job of your dreams, then before you apply, do all you can to learn about the company and what the role entails. Knowing a bit about their background and what they stand for will stand you in good stead if they ask you to go for an interview. Being prepared will impress any future employer.

3. Make Sure You Are Qualified

Many students these days take courses that have no relevance to their future career. If you are after a specific job in the future, then look into what course best prepares you for it.

For example, if you want to become a nurse, then getting qualifications in business studies would not make sense. Instead, think about studying health and social care or science, as these are more suited to the job role.

If you have found a job that you would like but don’t have the correct qualifications, see if they will take you on as an apprentice where you can learn on the job. Your wage will be less, but you will learn from the best, and gain the correct qualifications as you go.

4. Fill in Any Applications Fully

If you are filling in an application form, make sure that you follow the instructions that are given to you. Lots of applications don’t get considered because the applicant hasn’t followed the instructions correctly. Employers will assume you can’t follow simple instructions in the future if you cannot complete a simple application form correctly.

Employers can learn a lot about an individual from their covering note, so make sure that you take your time over it. You need to keep it concise whilst highlighting all of your good points. Make sure that you talk about the skills you have that match what the employers are looking for.

You also need to talk about why you want the role you are applying for and what it would mean to you if you got offered the position. Make sure that your covering note stands out from the competition.

6. Alter Your CV for Each Job You Apply For

Don’t think that it’s ok to produce one CV that will be suitable for all potential employers. It is important that you change parts of your CV and put in the things that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

If you add in a few exciting and relevant sentences, you will have your potential employers’ attention.

7. Listen to Advice

If you are called in for an interview, listen to the employer. Most employers will give you hints and tips throughout your interview, so listen to these and use them as a starting point. You also need to think about the interview dress code. It is not always appropriate to wear a suit to an interview.

For example, if you are applying for a job in a gym, then it may be more appropriate to wear sportswear in case you are asked to demonstrate your talents.

8. Be Organised

Make sure that you turn up to your interview with plenty of time to spare. You also need to make sure that you take with you everything that you are asked to bring. If you are unsure of anything then ask. It would also be a good idea to have an idea of any questions you may want to ask your potential employer.

There are thousands of different jobs available around the world. Getting a job in this day and age is a lot harder than it used to be. By using some of the tips above you may have a better chance of standing out above the competition. If you find your dream job advertised, then go for it!

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