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3 Essential Steps To Your Dream Job (Step 2): Applying Like A Pro

By Erica Trinidad on May 5, 2018

The road to a great job is paved with many challenges. But just like any epic journey, all that the main character (that's you, the jobseeker) has to do is go through the necessary stages of the path—or in this case, take the essential steps—and do their best in order to emerge victorious.

In this crash course, Kalibrr's Career Advice will tackle the 3 Essential Steps You Need to Take to land that dream role. We'll explain what to do, and some strategies on executing them perfectly. Today's topic covers the second step: after figuring out which jobs to apply for, how do you make sure your application lands you the job?

Standing Out

Normally, application processes have 2 aspects that companies must consider before determining that they like a jobseeker: the written application (resume, filling up a form on their site, answering an exercise, or all of the above) and the verbal one (interviews).

Typically, companies expect you to submit a CV/resume. And in this arena, Kalibrr's got you covered with plenty of articles to boot. And not only that, but as for interviews? We've also got several tips published about this, too.

"So what's this article about, then?" you may ask. Well, we all know that doing the bare minimum isn't the recipe for success. After all, we're not just here to help you land a good job—we want to help you land the role of your dreams.

So for today, we'll tackle an extra special strategy you can employ when it comes to the job application process.

The Secret Sauce

When you're an employer, you're generally cautious when encountering jobseekers: you understand that they're here to impress and sell themselves, but all too often, some people may end up embellishing their skills or overselling their qualifications.

That said, as a jobseeker, the general rule of thumb is that you're allowed to paint yourself in the best light—as long it's accurate and truthful. But when you think about it, wouldn't it be better if you could do more than just tell a company what you're good at? Isn't it more believable when you're able to show it?

Luckily, there is a way to do just that. Enter: The Pre-Interview Project.

The Pre-Interview Project

In essence, the pre-interview project is an extra step that jobseekers can take by showing how exactly you can perform the job even before getting it.

By creating a mini-project that shows the concrete value you bring to the table, you basically differentiate yourself from the rest of the jobseekers by being extra prepared.

How It Works

To make your own pre-interview project, you must ask yourself 2 questions. First: what is a specific problem that the role I'm applying for has to solve for the company? And second: how do I produce a mini-project that displays how I can solve that?

Step 1: Identifying the Problem

In order to figure out what problems your desired role needs to solve, you can do a few things: look at the job description and responsibilities; search for someone who used to be in that position and connect with them; or even read the accounts of people in forums like Quora on how they've done the same.

After that, circle in on a medium-sized problem that matches the skills you can apply.

Step 2: Producing the Project

Here are a few examples of a pre-interview project: if you're applying for a marketing role, create a mini-campaign for them in the form of a PowerPoint deck; if you're applying for a Business Developer role, contact some businesses that may be interested in forming a partnership with your target company, then connect them with the team; and so on.

Just like when creative professionals craft portfolios to display their skills (videographers have reels, designers have portfolios and writers have a body of work), treat your desired roles as crafts of their own—then produce your concrete project accordingly.

Stand Out And Make It Worth Their While

The way we see it, it's no longer enough to do the what everyone else is doing. As they say, if you want to get something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done. We hope this Step 2 in our crash course has been helpful in making you realize that you can do just that—and then some.