writingThere’s no better time to make a change to your life than right now. Since you’ll be graduating soon, it’s worth putting in some time and effort now to make sure that you don’t just get your next job, or your first job, you get a great job. Here are a few ways to be sure you’ll be considered for your dream job. Perfect your CV This might seem obvious but you’d be surprises how many young people overlook this point. It's the first impression a prospective employee has of you so you need to make sure it shows you in the best possible light. Keep it short and sharp, present it neatly and professionally, and make sure there is not a single grammar and spelling mistake. Gain some extra qualifications You don’t have to go out and study a whole new degree – unless that’s something you really want to do. But there are many other types of qualifications that could improve your chances of getting your dream job. For example, you might find it to be beneficial to study a computer course, or sales and marketing courses. This doesn’t have to be expensive. You could complete courses online and add these certifications to your CV at no cost at all. This shows your potential employers that you have the skills and dedication to get the job done. Practise your interview skills Do you know what kind of impression you make in an interview? Probably not. That’s why it’s important that you practise. If you worry about how you’ll come across or if you know you tend to get nervous before an interview, then it’s a good idea to prep yourself ahead of time. Ask a good friend what kind of impression you give off. Make sure it’s a friend who’ll give you an honest opinion. Get over your nerves by repeating what you plan to say by holding fake interviews with friends or family members. If you’ve never been for a job interview before, this can help you get over your nerves. Another thing you could do to prepare before the interview, is to do your homework on the company you’re applying to. You want to make sure you sound like you’re interested in the company and know a little bit about it. Otherwise it’ll seem like you’re just randomly applying to all positions you find available. Image: Pexels