How to Land the Perfect Job
posted by LIM College
by Caroline Franco
After building a killer resume (please see my previous post if you have not done so for tips on how to build a resume), the next step is apply for positions you're interested in.
Looking for a full-time job is a job in itself. It takes searching for the right position, researching the company as well as learning if it's a good fit for your skills or not, because at the end of the day, you don't want to waste your time going in for an interview that is an hour away to do something you hate.
One of the best places to hunt for jobs is LinkedIn where you can learn about the company, and see which positions are being offered. LinkedIn is also a great place to see how many people have applied for the position, which you can tell the odds of landing an interview with the potential employer. And on LinkedIn you can connect with HR company representatives as well as other recruiters who can help you in the long run.
Indeed, another place to search for jobs is on Indeed.com. There you can build a profile, upload your resume, and post what area you're looking for and it works! There are many recruiters that are always reaching out to find the perfect candidate for the positions being offered, and that candidate could be you! You can also narrow down searches to positions as well as specific locations. They are also programmed to send out alerts of new positions that have just been posted right to your email box.
Last, but not least, we have Symplicity. We're all well acquainted with how this site works, LIM has great connections with companies which are constantly posting positions, regardless if you're looking for an internship, freelancing, part-time or full-time jobs. Take advantage of Symplicity as the site provides extended job searches. (On Symplicity, click on jobs, then Symplicity extended job searches). This tool provides a better and in-depth search for the position you're looking for.
Prior to sending out your resume, here are a few quick steps to remember that will help you narrow down the long list of applications:
- Focus on what you're interested in: Don't begin applying to any position just because you fit the criteria. It's important to go after what you want to do, so if the position you're interested in is in social media marketing don't apply for a position in production & operations. Yes, any experience is good experience, but focus on your long-term goal.
- Type of company (you'd like to work for): Work environment matters, and if you've had the opportunity of interning or working with a big corporation or small company, you know which suits you best. Some may prefer smaller companies, where you can wear multiple hats. Meanwhile, others may opt for a more established corporation. It's up to you.
- Compromising: To compromise or not to compromise? That is the question. You may have found the best position but there are a couple of factors that hold you back. One of the best things to do is to make a pro and con list. This list will lead you towards if you actually want the position or not. For example: if the positions entails working some weekends, and because you're super excited for the job, you end up applying without realizing Saturday morning is your fitness Pilates class that you just adore. Sit back, relax, and make sure you're okay with the requirements for the company and the changes you'll have to make if you get it.
So get your resume ready, grab a cup of coffee (Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is recommended), and start applying for the career of your dreams.