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What it Takes to Land Your Dream Job in 2013

While an infinite number of factors determine the perfect hire, the team at Rasmussen College has determined that the following 4 qualities are most important.  Do you agree?


Rasmussen College suggests that “36% of job seekers are confident they could get a job in an industry where they had little experience.”  Whether those job seekers received those jobs remains to be seen, but the fact remains…confidence is critical for landing your dream job.  If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?  Author and thought leader Christian D. Larson offers this advice in the Empower Blog: “Believe in yourself and all that you are.  Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”

The Right Skills

As technology evolves, so do the skills needed to effectively compete.  As Brian Summerfield wrote in a recent article for Certification Magazine, “[Employers] want to make sure their communities are better equipped and that they’re getting the best value out of the infrastructure investments they’ve made.”  Regarding future career development, Rasmussen College has identified these critical competencies as being most important in the next five years.

  • Ability to be cross-functional.  Multi-taskers need only apply.  Be prepared to wear a lot of hats and shift between projects fluidly.
  • Basic understanding of technology.  Email, computers, and basic word processing skills will be increasingly important.
  • Global perspective.  As the internet continues to grow and evolve, our world becomes smaller and smaller.  Having an understanding of global trends will be critical for future success.
  • Using social media as part of one’s job.  As our communication strategies continue to develop, familiarity and experience with social platforms (blogs, Facebook and Twitter) will continue to shape the methods in which we communicate and gather our information.

Experience & Instinct

When hiring managers approach a decision, Rasmussen College claims that “74% rely on instincts and experience to decide what skills would be most important.”  What can be surmised from this statistic?  Experience, skills, and first impressions are critical to the decision-making process.

Professional Guidance

As job seekers prepare for an interview, Rasmussen College reports that as much as “91% thoroughly read the job description to make sure they are a good fit.”  While reading the job description is certainly a critical first step, it’s not the end-all-be-all of interview techniques.  According to Rasmussen College, only 63% of job seekers actually rehearse interview responses; an alarmingly low number.  Best practice may be to rehearse interview questions and scenarios with a friend to enhance your interviewing technique.  As About.com’s Alison Doyle says, “The more familiar you are with the questions you will be asked during a job interview, the more comfortable you will be responding to the hiring manager and the better equipped you’ll be for interview success.”

Sources:  The Empower Blog  Rasmussen College  Certification Magazine  About