3 Surefire Ways to Land Your Dream Job

Stand out from the crowd with these top job-search tactics.

We all know that the first step to landing your dream job is perfecting your resume. But even then, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. The job market is competitive and a strong resume won’t always be enough. You need innovative tactics to make potential employers take notice.

Build a flawless LinkedIn profile

When it comes to job hunting, LinkedIn is the social media site to be on. A massive 78 percent of recruiters have hired through a social network,and 98 percent of those recruiters use LinkedIn. Building a killer LinkedIn profile that complements your resume and connects you to key players in your chosen field is a great way to get noticed.

On LinkedIn, you’re only able to connect with people you know and send messages to connections of your connections. That means you’ll need to start building up your network. Network with everyone you know : University peers, previous employees and even your own friends and family members. They will be able to endorse you for the skills you’ve listed and open up further possibilities for connecting with more people. It’s well documented that ‘weak ties’ such as friends of friends and distant relatives can help people to gain employment, and a networking site like LinkedIn is a great way to make the most of your weak ties.

Join LinkedIn groupsthat are relevant to your skills and the career that you’re after. These discussion forums are perfect for learning expert advice from leading professionals, and will help you to hold your own in even the toughest interviews. And if you can stand out by making pertinent contributions of your own, you’re sure to be spotted by other industry professionals.

Write articles sharing your expertise

Writing articles and contributing guest posts to popular blogs and influential websites in your field is a surefire way to get noticed. Keep up to date on news headlines that affect your industry and write opinion pieces that are engaging and thought provoking. Read plenty of articles by other industry professionals and share your own thoughts in the comment sections.

If you’re confident about writing and sharing articles, why not create your own blog? Running your own blog and building traffic is a big-time commitment, but it can really pay off. Using your own blog to further enhance your personal brand, display a portfolio of your work, and add value to your field through written content on hot topics could be the ticket to getting an employer to notice you.

Create an online mind map of ideas

Employers are impressed by candidates who not only know their company inside and out, but also have ideas to bring to the table. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions and show how passionate you are about moving forward with the company.

Jot down all of your best ideas, strategies and thoughts. Consolidate these on to an online mind map or infographic, so that they are easy to read and eye catching.PoppletorCoggleare great online applications for creating mind maps and flowcharts. You can create text boxes, change colors and insert images and videos.

If you’re a little more experienced with designing creative templates, consider making an infographic.PiktochartandEaselhave the basic templates available for you to jazz up with your ideas, or you can even create an infographic completely from scratch. Keep your text in small chunks and use relevant images to break it up.

One last piece of advice: Don’t stand out for all the wrong reasons

Differentiating yourself from others is a powerful tool when it comes to job hunting, but done badly it can do lasting damage to your career prospects. You want to stand out in a way which portrays you as professional, knowledgeable and as an individual who will go above and beyond when it comes to the job.

You want to avoid standing out for being overly zaney. Ask yourself whether your stand-out ideas are going to prove that you would be a valuable asset to the company you are applying to. If the answer is yes, do it. If the answer is no, rethink your strategy.