5 Tips for Landing Your Ideal Job

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
(Walt Disney)

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, today's post features my top five (cinco!) tips for landing your ideal job. Although my free time is spent sparkling and shimmering through the interwebs, my days are spent amongst cubicle nation in the world of HR and recruitment. This career path has afforded me experience and insight into one of the most challenging situations in many people's lives: the job hunt.

Whether you're making a career change or have recently found yourself out of work, there are simple ways to find success in your search. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Remember the Secret

Stay positive and true to yourself. Looking for a new opportunity can be overwhelming, so keep in mind that a good attitude will carry you far. People are innately attracted to energy, spirit and confidence. Pump yourself up. Be your own cheerleader. Believe that you deserve the job of your dreams.

2. Build a Professional Brand

We live in a remarkable era full of ways to connect with strangers and network with colleagues. If you can become friends with Ashton, you can easily scope out your future boss. Use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to research potential employers and get the word out about your work.

Think about the way you're packaging your personal brand. Do you have a professional sounding email address? It's hard for a potential employer to take you seriously with an email address like sexybabexyz@gmail.com. Is your resume comprehensive, easy to read and typo-free? Does it accurately represent the career path that you are trying to pursue?

3. Do Your Homework

Never underestimate the power of being prepared. If an organization requests a cover letter, prepare one with the specific position in mind. Many candidates use a bulk approach to their search, which makes it difficult to stand out from the crowd. Tailoring your application and correspondence will help you glitter in a sea of potential employees.

Before an interview, study up on the company, their culture and key players. Make a personal connection with each individual that interviews you and ask for their card before leaving. Once you are in the safety of your car, jot down notes on each person that will help you remember them in the future.

4. Add a Personal Touch

Simply put, candidates who send prompt and well-written thank yous are hard to come by. Use high-quality stationary, a pen with blue ink and postage that's classic (not cute). Reference the notes you took on each individual you met and try to tie in a piece of information that relates to your conversation. Finish your message in a way that clearly states your interest in the opportunity.

5. Ask for the Job!

It may seem bold to finish an interview by asking for the job, but it is a surefire way to let the interviewer know you're interested. So often interviews are wrapped up by the interviewer saying,

"Thank you for coming in. We enjoyed meeting you. Do you have any final questions?"

This is the perfect opportunity to express your desire to join the team! I recommend you reply (in your own words) something like this,

"You did a great job answering my questions and I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me today. I am really excited about the opportunity and hope to join your team soon. Is there any reason why you wouldn't endorse me to receive an offer for this opportunity?"

Asking this question gives you one final chance to uncover any hesitations from the interviewer's perspective, and the opportunity to address those concerns directly. The whole reason you're in the interview is to secure a position within the organization... go for it!