Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys

Last week we talked about Hiring Winning Talent. This week I would like to focus on the object of that exercise – the applicant!

Find a Job Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys Any organization wants to hire the person with the best skills, knowledge and personality, that will mesh with their goals and objectives. The applicant, on the other hand, wants an organization in which he/she can develop their skills and knowledge and reach his/her peak potential. They want to succeed, and they are looking for a position that will help them realize their potential.

In planning your approach to any job search, there are three key areas, to consider:

  • The research: This is yourpreparation. What do you have to offer the organization, and what can the organization offer you in terms of your life’s goals.
  • The interview: presenting yourself in the most favorable light.
  • The post interview: following up on the interview.


You have decided to apply for a position. Now you must do your research:

  • What is your vision? Where do you wish to be in 5 – 10 years?
  • Will the position help you in your path to where you want to go in your life?
  • Do your skills and knowledge mesh with the required skills and knowledge of this particular job?
  • What do you know about the company and its background? How can you find out more?

Research your strengths and areas for improvement. If you have not had a personal behaviorial assessment, you should consider it. One of my favourites is the DiSC® PPSS instrument. You can learn more about it by clicking HERE.  Some areas where it may be of help in preparing you for your job interview are:

  • Behavioral Highlights: describing the potential strengths of your behavioral pattern.
  • Preferred Environment: describes characteristics of environments that you might find most desirable.
  • Strategies for Increased Effectiveness: provides strategies to modify techniques that might inhibit your effectiveness.
  • Performance Management Worksheet: an action planner that helps you improve and/or maintain performance.

Most companies will check your background. Review your social media sites to ensure that there is no information there that would not pass the scrutiny of the recruiting team. Make sure that there is nothing on your sites that will come back to haunt you.

Prepare your resume and cover letter. Your resume should cover the essential skills, knowledge, and experience that you bring to the interview, and how they might apply to the position advertised. Your covering letter should be brief, indicating why you would like this particular position.

The Interview:stickynote Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys

Be aware that the job interview has two purposes; One, to assess the job/person fit; and two, to select the best candidate possessing the required job/person fit.

In the interview assume a confident manner, and be aware that the organization has already invested their time in seeing you – so some interest is there! Now your job is to convince them that you are the best “fit”. Be confident and relate your strengths to the requirement of the job.

Above all be positive and demonstrate optimism!

Post Interview:

In my experience,one of the most positive things you can do is to, immediately following the interview, send a personal handwritten note of thanks for the interview, plus reinforce one or two personal points in your favour.

If you do not get the job, don’t hesitate to ask for feedback on how you could have improved your presentation. React positively – do not argue!Remember that this is but one obstacle in your path to success. Treat it as such!

And move on with greater confidence to the next job search.

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