Welcome to Thomas Greig.com the website that aims to show you how to find your dream job. Over the following pages we're going to explore the following job related queries;
- Career Profiles to give you some help on choosing your dream career
- How to Write a Cover Letter and Resume that will get results
- How to Search for your new dream job
- How to prepare for your Job Interview to ensure that you perform at your best
- How to keep your job and perform well in your chosen role.
What Career Should I Choose?
Create a List of Career Options that you think could be right for you. Don't limit yourself to only careers that you can do. If you want to be an astronaut or have a business on eBay, then write this down. Once you have your list you need to start your research into how you're going to get yourself into a position to find a job.
Do You Really Want This Job? - Lots of jobs sound brilliant from the outside but are actually very boring. I have a friend who is a body-guard to the rich and famous. He was telling me how he was taken by private jet to Mexico, stayed in the best hotels and went to a number of parties with all the top celebrities. He also told me about the time when he spent 18 hours a day for 8 days sitting outside a hotel room in London waiting for his client who did not want to leave the room because it was raining.
Skills vs. Knowledge - is there a cross over between the two.
Try Before You Buy – See if you can do some temporary work, try it part-time, or maybe you can volunteer to shadow someone who is actually doing the job for a short while. This is helpful to make sure that you will enjoy your chosen career.
Learn How To Write A Cover Letter
Include a Cover Letter – its a 50-50 choice to whether you really need to include a Cover letter with your resume, however it does give you another opportunity to add a few more keywords that will help you with your application. One crucial point - don't just repeat what is already on your resume, on your cover letter otherwise you run the risk that your resume will not be read.
Learn How To Write A Resume
Your Resume? Is it structured correctly? or has time moved on to such an extent that what was in demand 20 years ago is no longer in demand now.
Talk to Recruiters – Send your resume to recruiters for advice as they will typically be able to help you adjust your resume if needed, or alternatively send it to me and let me have a look.
Professional Resume Writer's – I am not sure how much I agree with this as you should be able to write a resume quickly and easily, however a good professional resume writer will be to help you with the technicalities of writing a resume to suit your specific industry and position.
Ask your Friends – Give your resume to some of your trusted friends and ask them for advice. All the professional resume writers that I know will always make sure one of there colleagues reads a resume before its handed back to the client, as it's very easy to make a spelling or make grammar error.
Marketing Pack's or Video Resume's - watch out that you don't over do it. Recently a candidate sent me their sales resumes which had a sheep wearing pink boots on the front page. I was too busy laughing to go any further.
Check Your Contact Details - How many times have I been sent a resume where the telephone number is a digit short or the email address does not work!! If I was given one dollar for each time this happened, I would living on a tropical island.
What's On Your Online Profile?
Upload Your Resume Online – it looks really good if your resume is online and people can download it. Either use about.com or possibly your own personal website.
Document Format – PDF or Word is a must. Anything else and you run the risk that you're hiring manager will not be able to read it – Also never send your resume in Excel.
Think Keywords for your Online Profile - this means that when a recruiter or a hiring manager searches for candidates, yours pop's up right at the top of the list.
Watch Out What You Put Online - you need to present yourself in the best possible light and those pictures of you, very drunk in a night-club on a Tuesday night, might not be the best way to do this.
What's Your Email Address - Someone sent me an email today with their resume. The email address was Sexeysararh@!! Not very professional and needless to say I did not reply!!
How To Be Successfull With Your Job Search
Go Online - Search both the location and the job title and make sure that you repeat your search everyday. Sending your resume in the first 24 hours of a job becoming advertised is much more likely to get a good response than sending your resume to a job that has been advertised for a week and has over a thousand applications.
Target Specific Companies – that you would like to work for. Visit their company website and look for a careers section where jobs will be advertised that will not appear elsewhere or slightly worse, an email address where you could send your resume to the recruitment team.
Thinking Local – Whilst many large companies use recruitment companies or advertise on the internet, small companies will still use a local paper to find new candidates.
Also think National – If you only look at jobs that are very close to your home, maybe you should look a little further away. Commuting into work is not something to be scared of and nearly the entire population commutes into work each day.
Trying to Pitch Yourself Too High – Are you aiming to high? Maybe you should aim a little lower, but aim too low and it simply shows that you're desperate for a job.
Think Outside the Box – Do you think your local hospital would have a job for you? Most people would say no, but you are probably wrong and even hospitals will have an HR team, I.T. Team and an Administration Division.
Work from Home – Although you seriously need to watch out for scams. My advice, never pay any money to anyone for help on how to make money from your home.
Network, Network and More Networking – Get your friends, family, old bosses, and anyone you know to help you find a new job. In a healthy market, I personally think that 50% of all jobs will be filled through some sort of personal contact. When the market is bad, this figure can be much higher as companies will not have a recruitment budget.
Ask for a Reference – if you hear of someone that is leaving their job, ask them to put in a good word for you. You probably can get your resume on the right persons desk before they have had time to find a replacement.
Ask For Help – if you have recently been laid off, consider accepting assistance offered by your former employees.
Apply for Benefits – Are you eligible to apply for any unemployment benefits
Job Interview Preparation? Here's What You Need To Know
Fail to Prepare and You Need to Prepare to Fail
What does the Company Do? What Products do they Sell?
Who Will Interview You - Use LinkedIn and see if you have any mutual friends or have worked for the same companies as your interviewer. Having something thing in common makes building rapport much easier.
What to Wear - or Not to Wear - Dress professional and think about your personal image.
Ask Questions During The Interview - You need to make sure that you ask questions during the interview, here are some easy ones that you can remember.
Arrive before the interview - On time, is late!!!
Follow Up with a Thank You Email a Few Days After Your Interview - Not many people do this and this will keep you in the interviewers mind. If I meet 10 people, honestly I cannot remember what the first one looks like by the end of the day!!
Don't be Too Desperate - Nothing tells me your desperate for a new job than chasing me everyday for information.
If you get Rejected, Don't give up!!!
Found Your Dream Job? Here's How To Keep It
Latest posts by Thomas Greig (see all)
- How To Send Your Resume Using A Professional Email Address - November 28, 2015
- How To Find A Hiring Manager’s Email Address And Send Them An Email - November 27, 2015
- How To Build An Online Resume - November 27, 2015
- The Only Way I Know To Guarantee Your Resume is Read By The Hiring Manger - November 25, 2015
- 10 Tips To Passing Your Next Competency Based Job Interview - November 1, 2015