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6 Ways to Land Your Dream Career

6 Ways to Land Your Dream Career

We all have dreams and ideas of the career we really want which sometimes seems out of reach. But the good news? It’s not. The path to create your own career success is more than possible and lies in the power of your hands. People land their dream jobs everyday and other people don’t. So how do you go from where you are now, to joining the people with their dream careers? You take action on your goals. Here are six ways to land your dream career:

1. Interview people who already have it.

The best way to find out if your dream job is really everything you think it’s cracked up to be is to interview people who already have it and find out the best parts of the job and the worst parts. This is one of the quickest ways to not only make a connection in the field you want to be in, but to gain some valuable information on what your dream job looks like. You’ll get an insider perspective that will really help you figure out if it’s the right job for you.

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2. Evaluate your strengths and figure out how they would be an asset to the job you want.

Make sure you know inside and out what your strengths are and how they would serve you in this position. Are you a great communicator, writer, or speaker? How do those skills aid you in your dream job? Play those strengths up in your interviews, when you talk to people in the field and show how you can be an asset to them.

3. Build relationships, not connections.

The most important aspect of finding your dream career is building solid, genuine relationship with people. This means making time for them on a regular basis and showing that you care. This means sending a handwritten birthday card, sending articles that could be relevant and offering to help them as much as you want them to help you. People can spot sincerity, passion, and authenticity – so only focus on being the best version of yourself and not someone looking to hand out a business card and walk out.

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4. Find the company you want to work at even if they aren’t hiring.

If you know 3-5 companies you would love to work for because of their values, mission, and culture, let them know you want to work for them because you share those same passions. Most employers want to hire people who believe in what they do because those are the people who stay and are worth investing in. So even if there are no openings at the moment, reach out. You never know what could come from it.

5. Study the masters.

Chances are that someone is already doing what you want to do—learn from them. Read books on how they got to where they are. Listen to podcasts from mentors in the field and subscribe to their blog. You will be surprised how much you can learn and implement from a little research on people who have done it before.

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6. Offer to help for free.

There is no greater way to create a relationship or gain experience than offering your services for free to the company you want to work for. You’ll stand out from everyone else, demonstrating your true dedication to their company. Create a proposal of how you could assist them in marketing, writing, website development, and so on and see if they take you up on it. Most employers love to get an outsider’s perspective and they just might hire you for your great work.

What are your best tips to land your dream job? Leave them here!

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Last Updated on May 23, 2021

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

Try job search apps!

To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

1. jobandtalent

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    Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

    Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

    Download it for iOS and Android.

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    2. Jobr

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      This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

      Download it for iOS.

      3. Monster Job Search

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        I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

        Download it for iOS and Android.

        4. Jobs and Career Search

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        job and career search

          This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

          Download it for iOS.

          5. Hyper Networking Groups

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            This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

            Download it for iOS.

            6. CardDrop

            CardDrop

              CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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              Download it for Android and iOS.

              7. Job Interview Questions

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                Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                Download it for Android.

                8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                  This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                  Download it for Android.

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                  9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                    Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                    You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                    Download this app for iOS and Android.

                    10. HireVue

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                      HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                      When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                      Download it for Android and iOS.

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