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4 Job-Hunting Steps to Take if you’re Serious about your Career

Will you REALLY do what it takes to get your ‘Dream Job’?

I interviewed a candidate a while back who “desperately” wanted to get into Radio, but when she learned she might have to go to a rural location to get her start…. suddenly her desperation started to become a bit more manageable. Turns out she didn’t want it that much.

What’s my point? If you are truly passionate about a career path – you are going to have to do things that other people are simply not willing to do.

Here’s four of them for starters:

1.    Think Outside the Box

Consider the complementary skills you may have (like administration, coordination, customer service etc.) and what other types of roles you could use them for, to get into the career that you want.

For instance, if you’re looking for a marketing role, start out in administration or team support for a marketing company. Do well and you can transition into a marketing coordinator role, and so your journey begins.

Don’t discount volunteering either; doing internships, work experience and using your time in these environments to make contacts and impress people is a good way to get on the first rung of the ladder in your chosen industry. Say yes to every opportunity even if they are unpaid – your attitude will win you advocates and allies.

2.    Unemployed… or Full Time Job Seeker?

Don’t mistake unemployment for a holiday. You’re now a full time Recruitment Consultant… for yourself!

Get into a full time (38 hours a week) job-seeking routine. Get up and get dressed each day. Use your network – who do you know who could help you?

Use LinkedIn.; sow seeds  by calling your dream companies directly and asking what opportunities are available – paid or unpaid; attend interviews, even if you’re not sure of the path they could lead you on. Don’t give up.

3.    Up Skill Yourself

If you’re looking at particular jobs and they’re all asking for the same technical skill, qualifications or certificates you don’t currently have… do I need to finish this sentence? If the market wants them, you have to get them. Immediately.

If necessary, get a part time job in the interim so you can work on the required skills and qualifications – you will also be in a better position to take your dream job when it becomes available.

You might not even have to pay for the knowledge they need; there are a LOT of free resources available on the internet so you could be training yourself. Don’t discount self-education and, if you really know your stuff from what you’ve taught yourself, put it on your resume.

4.    Go Rural – at the Very Least be Willing to Travel

Another reason my Radio friend didn’t want to travel was that “other people in radio haven’t had to do that, so why should I?”

Don’t limit your searches because of geography, whether it’s intrastate, interstate or overseas. Get to know your market and where opportunities may exist. While it is true that there are more opportunities in capital cities, you’ve also got more competition there. The most flexible person will win. Disregard “Location” fields on Job Boards and never look back.

Remember, in order to get what other people don’t have (their dream career), you’ve got to be willing to do what other people aren’t willing to do.If you job hunt like everyone else – you’ll wind up like everyone else.

Invest your time in being different.


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