Real-Life Tips to Get Your Dream Job

HandshakeGetting your dream full-time job in Singapore can be an uphill task, with employment rates reaching a record high of 66.7% (Source: MOM) in 2013. Often, many online job portals receive queries from job seekers for resume writing and job interview tips in order to improve on their job application. Although these tips are useful, the real way to acing an interview is to view it like making a deal, according to entrepreneur Dan Andrews. Granted, the art of deal-making is a skill; it doesn’t come naturally to many people and can take time to develop.

With that in mind, here are ten real-life dos and don’ts to incorporate in your job application to help you snag the dream job you’ve always wanted:


Emphasize on relevant work you’ve done in the past

Show the hirer that you’ve worked on related projects in the past. There’s a saying that goes “the best indicator of future performance is past performance” so be sure to put your best foot forward.

Let the company know what you can do for them

Be specific on the areas of expertise you can offer to their company. Even without much experience, you can elaborate on the work you did that will be relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Show you’re a great ‘fit’

People who are super interested in the job will tend to overstate their enthusiasm for working in the company. Phrases like “I’m really looking forward to working in this industry” can unfortunately have an unintended effect of highlighting the fact that you’re making a career change.

The best way to demonstrate your enthusiasm is to highlight the things you’re already doing and how these lead to a logical and natural path towards the current job you’re applying for. Companies don’t want to hire a risk; they want someone who’s already doing what they do.

Work FOC (Free of Charge)

Quoting Dan Andrews, it’s the low level workers who invoice for 100% of the value they create in the world. The Richard Bransons or Fred Wilsons of the world create tons of value that they don’t invoice for. This is a key point in understanding how deals get made in general and how ‘free work’ really doesn’t ever stop.

Network, network, network

By networking your way to the people working in your dream job, or to someone who might be able to help you make a connection or recommendation, you’ll not only get tried-and-tested advice for clinching your dream job but also reap the benefits of being highly visible to the teams in the company.


Tell your life story

When applying for the job of your dreams, be sure not to supply the hirer with a long email or letter of how you’ve been dying to get the job. It’ll definitely hurt your chances of getting the job.

Use crazy email addresses

Especially when applying to IT jobs or engineering jobs, do refrain from supplying an email address from a mail hosting company from the 1990s or with whimsical domain extensions like ‘’ Have a professional email address, preferably with your name, on gmail.

Say you’re perfect

Hold back the assumptions for a minute in your application. Professionals know that working relationships and fit for the job role are the best indicators of job suitability. Besides having someone exclaim “This is the perfect job for me!” at you can look amateurish.

Give fancy presentations

Decision makers often prefer to dig past the dazzle of presentations than to admire the fanciness of it. Use realistic and irrefutable proof of your job fit by emphasizing the Do’s mentioned above and you’ll be held in better stead.

Skip any instructions

A large number of job applicants don’t follow the instructions indicated by the job advertisement. If the hirer wishes to view your paper qualifications, be sure to give the employer what he or she asked for. The repercussions can be huge if you skip even the most simple of points.

By looking at your job application through the perspective of deal-making, you can better grasp the inner workings of how job applications are evaluated. Best of luck in getting the job of your dreams!

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