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Get Ready! 4 Ways to Prepare to Get Your Dream Job Now
Posted By: Dixie Somers on May 03, 2019

Youíve finally finished school and now youíre finally ready to begin your career. But where do you even start? How do you avoid making mistakes that would derail your whole adult life? Here are four tricks for making sure that you land the career you deserve.

Find out Whatís out There

Weíve all been there: itís easy to fantasize about the glamorous life youíll lead after graduation. The truth is that most jobs arenít fancy, though some are cool and every job is important in its own way. Take some time to research the business landscape in your region. What kinds of companies are located there? Are any of them good fits for your talents? You might end up deciding that youíll have to move if you want to pursue a certain type of career. Itís better to figure that out in the beginning, when itís easier to build a move into your long-term plans.

Prepare for Interviews

Before you leave for your interview, research the company. This will help you communicate to your interviewer just how much you want the job. You canít convincingly claim that you want to work at a company if youíre not sure what kind of company it is. You should also prepare a few questions for your interviewer. This will show him or her that youíve done your research and that you genuinely want to work there. Another way to prepare for interviews is to settle on one or two good interview outfits. A good rule of thumb is to gauge the formality of the office and go one level higher for the interview.

Send a Follow-up Email

Hereís an especially effective trick: send a thank-you note after your interview. Most people donít do this after interviewing, and itís an especially good way to stand out and make a good impression. An effective follow-up note should thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. It is also a final chance for you to remind him or her of your talents and reasons why youíd be the right choice for the job. You can also include any other information that slipped your mind during your meeting.

Learn from Past Interviews

You probably wonít get the first job you interview for. That doesnít mean youíre doing anything wrong; itís a tough job market for new grads. However, as you go on more interviews, youíll want to take note of what kinds of statements go over well and which ones donít. Approach each interview as an opportunity to practice your professionalism.
Most of all, be patient. It can take a long time to get a good job, but itís always worth the wait. Youíre launching the career that will carry you through the rest of your life, and you want your first real job to be the right one. Take the time to research various companies, invest time in interview prep, follow up, and always learn from your mistakes.
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