Cut through the clutter and land that dream job

In this current workplace climate, there is no job security, no guarantee that a degree will turn into a gig and no single path to the top. In a survey conducted by Right Management, 84 percent of workers want to quit their jobs and find new opportunities this year. Here are three ways to break through the clutter and land your dream job:

1. Be a die-hard fan.
If you don’t genuinely want to work at a company, your résumé will get tossed. Through body language and effort, employers can tell if you’re a serious contender. When a hundred candidates have the same hard skills, the candidate who goes the extra mile scores the job — every time.

2. Adopt new technologies early on.
One of the most important ways to get ahead in this economy is to stay as relevant as possible. The latest technologies allow you to be perceived as someone who is more valuable and can help you differentiate your online profile from others in your field. Some examples include QR codes, which are graphics that can be scanned and link to your website, and Klout scores, which showcase your online influence.

3. Network 24/7.
Treat your life as one giant networking event. Everyone you meet can be, and should be, part of your network. Keep track of your network digitally so you can reconnect with people who can help you. LinkedIn is one of the most powerful websites for professional networking because it gives you access to executives and hiring managers. The Society for New Communications Research reports that 97 percent of executives used LinkedIn in 2010.

–Dan Schawbel is the author of “Me 2.0,” the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC and a personal branding expert.

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