8 Insider Tips to Help You Score Your Dream Job in Singapore

LIFESTYLE  |  May 27, 2017
  • Ramp up your resume
    1 / 8 Ramp up your resume

    Your resume may be strong, but if it’s pretty standard, it won’t stand out. How do you make yours “pop”? First, make sure that it’s not too cluttered – that means formatting it properly, using headers where needed, and using a modern and professional-looking font, like Helvetica, Arial or Calibri. Second, keep it concise – no one wants to read pages and pages of irrelevant information – and proofread it for errors. Third, play up your strengths and achievements; if you’re not new to the job scene, highlight the ways you made a positive difference to your previous companies. And finally, incorporating industry keywords and buzzwords into your resume is fine, but don’t overdo it. 

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  • Develop your professional presence
    2 / 8 Develop your professional presence

    Don’t wait to get noticed – put yourself out there. Networking is an effective strategy to show potential employers what you’re about and what you can offer. It’s also one of the easiest ways to build professional connections and open the door to new opportunities. And the best part is, anyone can network – even entry-level jobseekers. (Also Read: Break These Work Rules to Be Happier at Your Job)

    How to network?  Reach out to ex-classmates, ex-professors, ex-colleagues, and anyone else you know who’s got connections to the movers and shakers in your field. Ask if they can link you up with these people in some way, either by arranging a meeting or interview, giving them your resume on your behalf, or finding out about job vacancies for you. Make sure these people know you well enough on a professional level, so that they can “market” you to their industry contacts.

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  • Join the club
    3 / 8 Join the club

    You should also consider joining professional associations that organise get-togethers for members. You’ll get the chance to meet industry players and others in-the-know who might be able to help you get your foot in the door. 

    Joining in online conversations and forums is also an excellent way to increase your visibility. Check out industry-related Twitter chats and Linked-In groups, and professional websites or discussion boards that are related to your job or industry – you never know whom you might meet on there.

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  • Clean up the digital dirt
    4 / 8 Clean up the digital dirt

    Don’t send out those job applications without reviewing your social media accounts first. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like are among the first place employers go when they want to find out more about an applicant, so be sure to hide or delete any questionable content (think ‘meaningless’ photos, posts or comments that put you in a bad light).

    (Also Read: 8 Tips to Avoid Oversharing On Social Media)

    In an ideal world, your social profiles and blogs would have no bearing on your job prospects, but first impressions count, and you don’t want potential employers to have a negative opinion of you before they’ve even had the chance to meet you.

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  • Create a positive online presence
    5 / 8 Create a positive online presence

    When potential employers research you online, you want them to come away with only a positive impression of you. Your LinkedIn profile may not be enough – if you work in a creative or artistic field and have a portfolio to show off, it might be smart to create your own website that displays your work and some information about you. The website is also a good place for a blog if you have any thoughts to share about your industry or line of work. Just remember to keep everything relevant and professional.

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  • Just get your foot in the door
    6 / 8 Just get your foot in the door

    Do you dream of working at a specific company? When you’re looking at what positions that company has available, don’t limit yourself to the jobs you are qualified for. So, for instance, let’s say you have a finance or business degree and want to work for a top accounting firm. The company may not have any accounting vacancies at the moment, but they may have positions in other departments, like public relations or marketing. Just because these positions aren’t what you intended for yourself, however, it doesn’t mean that you should overlook them. In these uncertain times, your main objective should be to get your foot in the door, any way you can. Once the job market improves and a position you really want becomes available within the company, you’ll be one of the first to be considered.

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  • Accept part-time, contract or temporary work if it’s offered to you
    7 / 8 Accept part-time, contract or temporary work if it’s offered to you

    Who doesn’t want a full-time job? Unfortunately, a full-time, permanent position may be hard to come by. No problem – if you’re presented with an opportunity to work on a contract, part-time or temporary basis, take it.

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  • The bottom-line
    8 / 8 The bottom-line

    Even if a job offer is not in the industry of your choice or the kind of position you were hoping for, it’s still a chance for you to gain valuable experience, pick up new skills and widen your professional network. Employers these days put a high premium on workers who have multiple skills to offer, and besides, if you can switch between different industries and roles, it says a lot about your adaptability, your versatility, and your willingness to learn and try new things.

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