Getting your dream job is not easy. One needs to exert a lot of effort in searching using all forms of medium available. It is vital to conduct a research on companies that you are interested to work with and see if they have a competitive package. Keep in mind, that as an applicant, you have the option to be selective and to make sure that you will be part of an organization that shares the same mission-vision and values as you do. Here are some tips you can use to ensure a smooth journey towards a better career.

1. Know how to benchmark properly
It is an unspoken rule to never divulge what is written on your paycheck. How much you earn is between you and your employer. However, if you are a newbie and do not have an idea on how much you should be compensated, it is always best to do a bit of research. HR Consulting Companies, often release a report that shows how much employees earn per industry depending on the level they are in. BusinessTrends has its own salary guide that is available for everyone’s reference and can easily be downloaded on our website.

2. Prepare for your own battle
As famously stated in Sun Tzu’s novel, Art of War: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. Before heading off to a job interview, make sure that you are equipped with everything you need to know. Be knowledgeable with the job qualifications and see how these matches your skills. Be aware that you are not the only candidate applying for the same position. Depending on the nature of the job, every job opening receives hundreds of applications. Getting an invitation for interview gives you a one step of advantage over the others. However, you have to assume that there are still others who are more qualified than you. Gauge your competitors’ skills and assess yourself. Check how you can highlight your best assets to ensure that you are more qualified for the job.

3. Effort is the Key
Finding a good and stable job that pays well entails a lot of effort. Job hunters need to be resourceful. In the digital age where information can easily be accessed by anyone, you must use technology to its full advantage. Job postings on online job portals must be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated before you submit an application. Visiting the company website can also be utilized since some companies do not make use of job portals. This can also give you an opportunity to know more about the company. Going traditional is also a good option. Cold calling and asking for job openings is again an opportunity to speak to the company’s HR department; ask questions not only about the job openings but also to know more about the company.

Always remember that the process of job hunting must be taken seriously. This early stage should serve as a training ground and learning process. Applicants who are well-prepared and knowledgeable about the job have a greater chance of getting hired.