By Bill Dueease
Copyright © 2003 by Bill Dueease
Interviewing for a job is a very stressful and difficult process. This is even more intense today because so many companies are reducing their workforce, which increases the number of applicants for a shrinking number of jobs. The competition for jobs in fierce. Yet, there are many things you can do to beat the competition and actually get hired in the job you really want. Here are nine secrets you will want to use.
1.Discover what you really want out of your work and life. You will want to discover your true passions, desires, beliefs and talents. This way you will be able to paint a picture of your true work and life goals, from your own perspective.
2. Develop and define the job you really want. That’s right! You want to design and define the job that will allow you to fulfill your passions, desires and beliefs and maximize your talents. What you are doing is building your ideal job around what you want, because you now know why, versus looking at job opportunities that come along to evaluate. Believe it or not, your ideal job actually exits in more than one way and within the personal parameters you set.
3. Find out what companies have positions that meet your ideal position requirements. Search for and research all of the possible companies within the geographical area you designated, to discover what positions within these companies you would want. Do not worry about whether they have job vacancies or are in a hiring mode.
4. Evaluate the companies that have your desired jobs. Make sure you would want to work for the companies that have your ideal jobs. They need to have integrity and treat their employees and customers in the manner you would want to be treated. You also want to determine if they operate in an industry that you want to work in.
5. Research the companies you selected. Once again, do not be put off or discouraged if the companies are not hiring. Why? Because companies are always looking for the right people and will have to eventually hire new employees to survive. Determine who actually decides to hire people and whom to hire, and what is important to them. Many companies may disguise this information through HR departments or hiring committees. If possible try to find out how you can contact them directly, their e-mail address, their direct telephone number, or someone in the company who can be a liaison for you.
6. Contact the decision makers and tell them you want to work for them in the specific jobs you chose. What you are doing is telling them that you have a dream job and they have it. You want to express your enthusiasm for that specific job or jobs. The fewer jobs you designate the better. You want them to know you can be trusted by truthfully exposing your commitment to seeking your dream job, even though they may not have an opening. You are in essence recruiting them to work in your dream job. You want them to know you will be very productive because you will excel at the job, and also that you will be a very grateful and energetic employee because you are doing what you love. This way you are not just asking for a job so they will pay you, but you have targeted a specific job and their company and you are committed to working in that position for them.
7. Ask them if there are any special skills or qualifications you will need to be accepted in the position. If you do not have the particular skills and qualifications they want, find a way to either get them beforehand or if you can attain them within their company as an employee. This approach directs attention to what they want and away from your resume and its comparison to others resumes. It will also show them your commitment to attaining that job. Stay in contact with them to alert them of your new skills and your qualifications and of your continued interest in the position.
8. If necessary, be willing to take an interim job. This way you can work on the skills and qualifications they require and you can obtain an income while you prepare for the job. You will also be in a better position to take your dream job when it becomes available.
9. Get support from somebody during the process. Some of the secret steps discussed above will probably appear to be daunting to you. This is to be expected. You will want to enlist the help of another person to discuss all of the above steps and to map out the best strategy to get your ideal job. You will want this person to be a trusted and strong supporter of your goal, and someone who will offer you another perspective to assist in the execution of your plan. Getting your ideal job is an extremely important objective, and it is worth enlisting the help of someone to actually get it.
Conclusion. Employers constantly face the problem of finding and surrounding themselves with the right employees. They want people who want to work for them, who they can trust, and who will be very productive with the least amount of supervision. Presto, that’s you! You will definitely get their attention, when you recruit employers for the specific job you chose, because of your honesty, your commitment, your enthusiasm, and your desire to produce for them. In fact, you may even appear to be too good to be true, so be aware of this. Many times the people who are filling the jobs that you want are not happy in the position, they are not producing, or they are causing other problems for the employers. Your request for employment for these specific jobs will give employers an option that they could only dream about before you arrived.