How to win your Dream Job

How to win your Dream Job

Top Tips from the experts - you're just 5 steps away from your dream Job.....

Sixty percent of us are considering moving jobs this year, according to Investors in People; we owe it to ourselves to take time to reassess our working life. Where do you want to be in 5 years time, what job would be a dream come true? Are you a people person or do you prefer to work alone? Are you a leader or a follower? What drives your ambition?

In today’s world with Social media and ready Internet access, working towards finding your dream job has never been easier. Below shows the 5 steps that will help you to be offered your dream job.

Step 1 - Research

Once you have identified the type of role you wish to play, you need to find the job vacancy within a set distance from your home. There is no point looking at work 100 miles away if you have no desire to relocate there. This is where the premise of fits, helping you to find employment near to home, lessening the time and money on commuting – enabling you to spend that money and time on yourself or your family.

Now that you have found some job vacancies of interest, you should research the companies in question. Different people will have different drivers as to the environment that they wish to work in. Val is looking for interaction with people and to work in a relaxed informal environment. She chooses to work as a Manager in a small bric-a-brac shop in a village near to home. Paul is looking to make an impact in the corporate world and is looking for big bucks, in the management team of a Publishing House. Brand, moral standing, csr – (corporate and social responsibility) of a firm, all have their parts to play. Has the firm in question a good reputation? Is it a leader, an innovator, e.g. Apple? Does it employ like-minded people to you? What is its ethos? When Google first launched, employees were drawn to its innovation and informal workspaces – people liked the idea of sitting on beanbags and having a bar in the office. For some, this image does not appeal e.g. some might prefer the formal appeal of a government department.

So you’ve found some job vacancies in a location of your choosing – now you need to be offered that job.

Step 2 - Are you the right person for the job?  Top Tips for answering adverts:

  • Focus on the requirements of the advert - the implicit and explicit / essential and desirable
  • Identify the key skills the employer is looking for, and how you can align your experience to those key skills

Step 3 - Write the perfect Cover Letter

A Cover Letter can give you a competitive advantage and increase your chances of selection at interview.   It is the first document that the prospective employer sees and should highlight your unique selling points – telling the company why they should employ you. On average, employers spend 30 seconds looking at covering letters so you need to entice the employer to want to know more about you, to want to read your CV and to invite you for interview.

Top tips to help you write the perfect cover letter:

  • One A4 page maximum
  • Use good quality, clean paper - typed/word processed, grammatically and punctually correct with no spelling errors
  • If sending it online, save it as a pdf as often the formatting in word documents can change upon opening the document on another computer
  • Do not use a standard covering letter – be prepared to draft and re-draft it
  • Address your letter to the person who is dealing with the job application – it is often stated on the advert; if not, call the company and find out who is. If the person is known to you, Dear Dr. Kermit / Dear Ms. Piggy – and if you don’t know them, address the letter to Dear Sir / Madam
  • Research the requirements of the job role, the company and their competitors in the market – align your experience with the company’s needs, show that you have a good fit with the company and are focused on working for that company
  • Target the cover letter to the job vacancy

For more in-depth information on writing the perfect cover letter, have a look at our Cover Letter writing article.

Step 4 - Tailor your CV to the job brief in question

A CV should show how your strengths and achievements could be transferred to a new position and company. Look at the Checklist below and ask yourself if your CV is:

  • Attention Grabbing
  • Relevant
  • Original and Interesting
  • Easy to Read
  • Strong
  • Concise
  • Factual and Believable
  • Targeted to the Market
  • Achievement-based
  • Well Laid Out

Each CV should include the following facts:

  • Name, address and contact details
  • Record of your career to date
  • Details of your career history
  • Your educational record
  • All professional qualifications and/or professional memberships
  • Relevant training
  • Pertinent skills

 For more information have a look at our in-depth CV writing pages.

Step 5 - Be prepared for Interview

The golden rule of any job application is to be offered the job – irrespective of whether it is your first choice! You can always turn it down. Ideally, you will have attended multiple interviews or practice scenarios before attending an interview for your Dream Job. Having already researched the company at the time of answering the advert, you will have some understanding of their place in the market, their competitors (if private sector), their reputation or its main purpose. By preparing for interview, you can feel more relaxed and confident – ready for any question that you might be asked. Ensure your preparation covers the following:

  • Who will be interviewing you?
  • What format will the interview be in and how long will it last
  • Do you need to prepare anything to take with you?
  • What are the job requirements and how can you fulfill them?
  • What skill set can you bring to the role?
  • What sets you apart from other interviewees? 

For more information on Interview Preparation, follow the link: Top Tips and how best to be prepared . . . 


Good luck in being offered your Dream Job!  To find out more details about these 5 steps, go to our career advice page.