10 Practical Tips and Tricks for Landing your Dream Job

Hello Femme a` Femme! I am Adrienne Breaux. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and shortly after received my certification in Human Resources Management from Tulane University. Since then, I have worked in the field of HR and I want to share with you my top 10 tips (for Women) on how to raise your chances of securing the job that you want.

Author: Adrienne Breaux
  1. Take advantage of all of opportunities to better yourself. Get education or training in your field of interest. Get experience.

  2. If you are staying at home to care for your children at any point, find time to still invest in your career. Do something during that time. Even if it means volunteering part-time to gain experience. This is a problem that I have seen many female applicants encounter. It is hard for them to continue their career because there is a huge empty gap of time where they were unemployed while being a stay at home Mom. It may seem difficult at the time, but it is worth it to invest in your career.

  3. Know your strengths and the qualities that make you marketable. I recommend reading Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath and taking their online test to help you recognize your strengths. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you to market yourself on job applications and give you confidence during interviews.

  4. Talk to people about job openings. Don’t be ashamed to let people know that you are looking for work. We’ve all been there.

  5. Use the Internet to search for jobs and don’t limit yourself to where you are. If moving is plausible for you, take advantage of job opportunities in other places. The world is a big place. There are so many possibilities and opportunities for employment. <a style=

  6. Try to find job websites that don’t get a lot of views/traffic. This will simply lower the number of applicants that you will be competing against for a position. In turn your chances of being hired will raise.

  7. When reading job posts, read them very carefully and make sure that you qualify for each position that you apply for. Applying for positions that you know you do not qualify for is simply a waste of your time and energy.

  8. Have a professional friend or family member look over your resume before submitting it. The best advice that I can give when it comes to resumes is to make them neat and concise. Also, make sure that the starting and ending dates and your job duties for each position are very clear. This helps human resources professionals have a clear notion on whether or not you qualify for a position.

     

  9. If called for an interview, remember, there are ways to prepare. Research common interview questions and practice them ahead of time with somebody that can give constructive criticism on your answers. Do research on what proper attire is for an interview in your field. The way you dress for an interview to become a zookeeper will be different than the way you dress for an interview to become an accountant. Always dress appropriately and neatly.

  10. When offered a position, do not be afraid to negotiate your salary. Women earn roughly 20% less than men on average in all occupations right now (click for information on the gender wage gap). One reason is because most women do not negotiate salaries during their interview. If you are offered a salary that does not meet your standard, do not be afraid to ask for more. A lot of companies actually expect applicants to negotiate salaries and have funds set aside for this reason. Just make sure that when you ask for more that you have facts to back up why you want more. Research what the average salary is for that occupation in your city. Mention your education and your experience. (If it exceeds what their minimum qualifications asked for.) This will give management a solid reason to give you more than what was originally offered.

I want to end by saying this. I know what it is like to be without a job. I remember a time when I was college educated and unemployed. It was a pretty low time in my life. What kept me going was a strong belief that God was ordering my steps and that He had a position that nobody but I could fill. He has that for you too. Go after it with confidence. Women, you are strong, smart leaders. You have so much to offer the workforce. I am praying for you in your job search. Thank you for reading and happy job hunting!

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