Landing on your dream job in your dream company is something every applicant should take seriously. You need to do more than just clicking on shiny job vacancies, submit your application, and wish for luck. I know you have tons of reasons for wanting that particular job position, and I’m here to tell you how you can ace your job application with flying colors.
As a recruiter, we are here to open doors to qualified candidates who have an end goal of being an asset in the company. So, here are 6 steps that could assist you in landing that dream job of yours.
1. Know What You Want
Identify what type of job you want and the company you want to work in. Do you see yourself working in a small company or a big corporation? Do you want to work on a solo project or work with a team? Do you want to work remotely, or do you want to work in an office? It’s important to answer questions like these to align your vision with the ideal position and company you want to work in. For you to land your dream job, you must first know what you want. Create a list of the things you’re looking for in your dream job and company. These are the things like location, salary, job description, work hours, incentives, and other things that would make you seal the deal with them. Recruiters will be able to identify if you are an asset in the company, but it is your job first to know what you want and what you can offer.
2. Come Prepared
You must put your best foot forward from the start. Create a resume that’s well written and organized, wear presentable clothes regardless if it’s virtual or face to face, practice how to answer questions, and be well aware of your skills, strengths, and weaknesses. Your composure creates a statement of you as a person and as an employee.
It is imperative that you also do some research on the company you are applying for. Read their blogs, announcements, vision, mission, history, and try to see the type of company culture they have. This will give recruiters an impression that you are committed to being part of the company.
3. Set the Right Tone
During your interview, the first 3 minutes of the interview will create the most lasting impression. So it’s important to start the interview with the right amount of enthusiasm and take note not to overdo it. Remember that you are there to comply and not to take over. A recruiter’s time is very valuable. Therefore anything else that you want to share beyond the context of their question is unnecessary. Focus on giving concise answers and only expound when asked.
4. Ask the Right Questions
Preparing your questions beforehand comes in handy when the recruiter gives you the chance to ask questions. Be sure to ask only questions relevant to the position you’re applying for so you can further gear toward the right direction of getting the job.
5. Show Gratitude
There are hundreds of applications submitted every day, and you are lucky the recruiter took the initiative to look at your profile. Thank them for selecting you as one of the candidates to be considered for the position. Show them that you appreciate their time and effort in knowing what you can contribute to the company.
Different companies have different hiring timelines. Sometimes they give you feedback in the same week, and sometimes they give you feedback in a month. So, don’t be afraid to ask for an update regarding your application. This would show that you are courageous and very interested in becoming a part of their team. But remember to be patient and don’t spam their inboxes.
While there is no perfect application process, you can have a smooth one by following these tips. And if you happen to want to be a part of a software development team, feel free to check our job openings.