Five steps to land your ideal job

This article comes to you courtesy of our friends at Careers NZ.

If you're reading this you're probably looking for your first job or for a change. To make sure you land your ideal job this year, planning is key. We’ve put together five planning tips that will help you stand out and get the job you’re looking for.

1. Know what skills you have to offer

Knowing what skills you have and aligning them with your interests can help you figure out what jobs could be a good fit. Understanding your skills and knowing how they transfer to different roles is an important part of the job search process.

2. Do your research – understand what a company is looking for

If you’ve got your heart set on a particular role or on working for a specific company, find out what skills you need. Talking to someone at the company can give you an insight into what they look for in potential candidates.

3. It’s crucial to tailor your CV to the jobs you’re applying for

This is so important if you want to make it onto an employer’s shortlist. Make sure you only list your relevant job experience.

Personal attributes such as honesty, friendliness, a good work ethic, and enthusiasm are also really important. Demonstrating these in your CV will help the employer form a picture of how you’ll fit into the culture of the company.

Keep it short, sweet and to the point. Make the employer interested with a strong, enticing cover letter – enough to make them want to get in touch with you to find out more.

4. Clean up your digital footprint

If you make it to the interview stage, most employers would have looked you up online. Before you start your job search make sure your digital footprint is one your mum would be proud of.

5. Practise interviewing

Prepare and practise for job interviews – have a trusted friend or family member role-play an interview with you.