If you are like me, the prospect of landing your dream job is exciting and terrifying. It’s exciting because it means that you’ll be working in your dream industry, with people who share your passions for what they do.
But it’s terrifying because if you get an offer, you’ll have to leave everything else behind and start a new life somewhere else possibly far away from friends and family. So how do you know when the time is right to take that leap?
How can you make sure that this new opportunity really is what your heart (and bank account) has been craving?
Well, I’m going to tell you exactly how: by being intentional about what kind of job we want before we start looking for one!
Not just any old job will do. If we’re going to go through all the effort and stress involved in making this change in our lives, then we need to make sure that our next gig will be worth every minute invested.
And more importantly worthwhile for years down the road if this transition goes well. That’s why I’ve put together these tips on how internal auditors can land their dream job by focusing on building relationships instead of just sending out resumes blindly into cyberspace:
Define Your Dream Job
Before you can figure out how to land your dream job, you need to define what that dream job looks like. This is not an easy question as there are many factors that contribute to how you view your career goals and aspirations.
Your definition of success will be different depending on where you grew up, who raised you and what experiences have shaped the person that you are today.
Sometimes, it can take time for us all to fully understand which direction we want our lives to go in but after taking some time and reflecting on the things that make us happy this often leads us back to our true passions.
If this sounds like something that resonates with where your mind is at right now then let’s continue on with some helpful tips on finding out more about yourself as well as identifying whether.
Or not Internal Auditing is going to be a good fit for what type of person and professional lifestyle type suits them best!
Make It Easy For People To Find You
When it comes to finding work, the first step is to make sure that people can find you.
You’ve already got all the tools you need, from your resume and cover letter to your LinkedIn profile and online presence in general. Now it’s time to take care of the most important piece: your email address.
Your email address should be professional but easy for people to remember and spell no numbers or symbols (e.g., @example-com).
It should not be the same as your name or last name you don’t want someone Googling “John Doe” and ending up on a random person’s Facebook page because they think they’re looking for you!
Ask Tor Referrals
You can ask for referrals from people you know, and maybe even people who don’t know you but who have connections to someone in your network. If you don’t have a personal connection with anyone at the company, then consider asking for a referral from someone who does.
For example, if one of your friends is connected to someone who works at the company (but not directly in HR or accounting), they might be able to put in a good word on your behalf.
One final option is that when requesting references from other employers, don’t limit yourself to people within this industry or field you may find success by connecting with others outside of it as well!
Start A Personal Blog
If you have a personal blog, it can be used as a tool to show your passion and commitment to the industry. Personal blogs are also great for networking purposes because they can provide you with many opportunities to connect with other professionals in the field.
When writing content for your blog, you must always stay true to yourself and what you truly care about.
You don’t need much time or money to start up a personal website; all it takes is an idea and dedication! The first thing that needs to be done is choosing a domain name for your site (this could be something like www-myname-com).
If this sounds overwhelming, there are plenty of companies out there who will help walk new bloggers through setting up their first sites (for example Squarespace or Wix).
You’ll want something memorable so people can find their way back again easily—so think carefully about whether using catchy keywords would work well here too!
Create A Networking Portfolio
If you are actively looking for employment, a networking portfolio can be a great way to get noticed by potential employers. This is especially true if you’re trying to land an internal auditor job in a new city or state.
A networking portfolio will help show off your skills and experience in ways that other forms of communication can’t match.
Here’s how it works: You create a web page showcasing your work, then send links out to everyone you know (including former colleagues) with whom you want to reconnect.
The people who receive these links will be able to view them on their computers or phones or even on their TVs via Apple TV or Chromecast!
If no one responds right away, don’t worry; just keep sending new emails every few days until finally someone contacts you back with an offer.
Share Your Story. A Lot
You need to find as many people as possible and share your background, skills, and interest in the position with them in person, on social media, and via email.
The more people who know about you and your background, the more likely it is that one of them will get in touch with someone at their company who could be a fit for you (or vice versa).
Be sure to include links to previous work samples or other materials that make it easy for people to understand what makes you special and why they should hire or recommend you.
If they feel like they already know everything there is to know about you from these materials, they’re more likely to remember how great of an employee or candidate they think yo best suit the role
Volunteer To Speak On A Panel Or At An Event
Volunteering to speak at an event can also be a great way to get your name out there. When you volunteer for events, such as panels or workshops, you are in front of your target audience and can make yourself known.
This is also a chance for you to network with other people who are interested in the same field as you.
If volunteering isn’t currently an option for you, consider reaching out directly to those who have spoken at similar events before and offer your services as their replacement if they cannot attend the next time around.
For example: “I saw that Sarah was unable to attend this month’s event due to illness; I would love it if I could step up and fill her spot on the panel.” You never know what opportunities might arise from such an offer!
Create A Portfolio Showcasing Your Results
The final step in the process is to create a portfolio that showcases your results. The purpose of this portfolio is primarily to help prospective employers understand how you were able to achieve those results, as well as what makes you a great candidate for their company.
It should be tailored to highlight your professional strengths and accomplishments, rather than just listing off various jobs or responsibilities. Here are some tips on how to craft yours:
Include meeting notes from meetings where you were involved in decision-making processes; these show how effective you are at analyzing information and coming up with solutions
Write down key items discussed at meetings related to projects or initiatives and then write one-liners about each item that summarizes what happened (for example: “Subject A was discussed at length during our monthly meeting” or “We decided not take action on Subject A today.”)
This shows that not only can you write clearly but also pick out important details from longer conversations
List any awards or recognitions received throughout your career these are great additions!
Search In The Right Places And Keep An Eye On Job Ads
Use a job search engine. A lot of people are already doing this, so it’s important that you find the right one. The best ones will be able to locate jobs based on your criteria, such as industry and location.
Use job boards. While these can be outdated or overused, they’re still valuable sources of news and information about new jobs that might not have been posted elsewhere yet.
Monitor social media channels like Facebook and Twitter for company-related posts about new positions but don’t get too carried away; avoid spending hours every day reading through all their posts!
You may also want to consider setting up an alert so that whenever someone tags the company in a post about an open position, it will notify you automatically (though if there are hundreds or thousands of employees at any given place, this might not even make sense).
Talk with people who work there: network! Reach out through LinkedIn (or whatever other channels are available) with introductions from friends or colleagues who know someone who works in HR/IT/HRM/etc., etc., etc.; o
Once those connections have been made and trust established between both parties involved then try asking them directly “Hey could we talk?”
If they say yes then ask questions like “I’ve heard rumors that there’s going to be some open positions soon – what would be helpful for me if I wanted to apply?”
Or maybe something more casual like “Hi Jenna old friend how are things going? I’m looking forward towards seeing everyone again soon when we come visit next month :)”
Or maybe something even simpler than all those options combined just because sometimes nothing beats straight up honesty 🙂
Stop Applying To Jobs. Start Building Relationships Instead
The best way to land your dream job as an internal auditor is by building relationships with the people who can make it happen.
But it won’t happen overnight you need to be patient and put in the time. Just like building a house, you cannot just show up with a hammer and nails and expect it to be built in a day or two. You need to build trust first before anything else can take place.
If you want to get your foot in the door of an internal audit department at some of America’s largest corporations, then start by focusing on networking events within your industry:
Conferences and trade shows are great places for connecting with industry professionals who might have connections at companies where you’d like to work someday;
Professional organizations such as IIABA (the Institute of Internal Auditors) offer many opportunities for meeting people from all over the world;
Online social media platforms such as LinkedIn provide countless opportunities for building connections that could lead somewhere down the line maybe even directly into your dream job!
Prepare For The Interview By Researching The Company
Research the Company. To ace your interview, you need to know as much about the company as possible. You should research its history, mission statement, and values. Read the annual report and look at their website for any public information about them.
Research the Position You’re Applying For. The more you know about what is expected of someone in this role, the easier it will be for you to demonstrate that you have those skills during an interview or on the job.
Research Your Interviewer(s). Find out who your interviewers are going to be so that they don’t catch you off guard with unexpected questions or comments during an interview session (this often happens when new hires aren’t prepared).
It’s also important to research what kind of work these people do within their specific departments so that they can see how well-prepared you are ahead of time and make an informed decision based on all facts rather than just one aspect such as previous experience or education level etc…
Have A Good Story Ready About Why You Want The Job
It’s important to be prepared to answer why you want the job. You’ll encounter this question in some form multiple times during your interviews, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand how they’re phrasing it. Your interviewer may ask:
“Why Do You Want That Job?”
You will want to say something like, “I’m interested in internal auditing because I love working with numbers, and want a career where I can continue using them.” But what if they ask:
“What Makes You Qualified For This Position?”
In this instance, it could be helpful for you to mention your previous work experience as an accountant and how it prepared you for the role of an internal auditor at [insert company name here].
If they are impressed by this information, then they may not need anything else from their answers besides the fact that having prior knowledge of accounting has got them closer to landing the job.
Practice Common Interview Questions And Answers With A Friend
When you’re practicing for an interview, make sure that you can answer questions from someone who knows the answers. Make a list of common interview questions and have your friend or family member ask them in order. Here are some examples:
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why do you want this job?
- What is your greatest weakness?
You should be prepared with answers to these questions before going into the interview so that you can demonstrate confidence in front of the interviewer and show them what makes YOU stand out from other candidates.
Dress Appropriately For The Interview
Your clothes should reflect the company you want to work for, the position you want, and who you want to be. If someone can’t tell by looking at your attire whether or not you are a professional, then it’s important that you find a new wardrobe.
Your interview outfit should make a statement about who you are and what your potential employer expects from their employees. Your clothing conveys confidence and professionalism – both essential qualities for success in an interview setting.
It sets standards for how others will treat and view us as professionals; so if we dress like slobs (or worse), our image becomes tainted by our appearance alone!
Turn Off Alerts On Your Phone And Ignore It During The Interview
First and foremost, turn off any alerts that might pop up on your phone. In the middle of an interview, it’s really easy to get distracted by a ping from your phone and we all know how distracting phone calls can be!
So what if you get an email or text mid-interview? Ignore it! If there’s something important happening in your life that requires immediate attention, take action before the interview begins. (And if this happens during the interview itself, ask for a moment to check.)
But otherwise, just focus on being present with the interviewer and answering their questions as directly as possible. You can always check after the fact but only after you’ve wrapped up your conversation with them!
Look Up And Smile When Answering Questions Instead Of Looking Down At Your Notes Or Out The Window
Look up. Notice how the interviewer is smiling at you? If they’re talking to you, it’s because they think you have a lot to offer. So why wouldn’t you smile back? You should be beaming with confidence and power as well!
Smile. Your body language will communicate a lot about how comfortable and confident in yourself that you are, so put on a happy face!
Use positive words: Instead of saying “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure,” try using phrases like “I believe,” “I’m pretty sure,” or even better yet a fact!
Make sure to talk about your achievements (like when did I learn this skill?) more than just facts (what does this certification mean?)
Show That You Understand The Company’s Business Strategy
Your company likely has a mission statement, but do you know what it is? You’ve probably heard of the business model canvas and the strategic framework.
How well do you understand how they work? Do you know who is responsible for certain aspects of the strategy or product development process?
Do you have an understanding of what the business does for its customers and why those things are important to their success as a company? These questions will help demonstrate that you understand your clients (your employer) and their needs.
You should also be able to explain how other companies in your industry compete with one another.
This will show that you can apply concepts from other companies’ strategies and make comparisons between them including some insights into which strategies work well or not so much!
Talk About How You Can Help Grow The Company
As an internal auditor, you have the opportunity to grow your company and make it a better place. In your cover letter, talk about how you can help grow the company by helping it achieve its goals, mission, vision, or values.
Explain what experience you have with auditing so far and how that experience can benefit this specific company.
If there’s anything else in particular about yourself or your skills that would make an impact on this company for example, if you speak two languages or are great at writing code be sure to include those details as well!
It is important to remember that the best way to land your dream job is by doing a lot of research and making sure your skills are in line with what the company needs.
For example, if you have experience working as an internal auditor for a big company but want to work for a startup instead then you will need to demonstrate how this knowledge can be applied at the new company. Finally, make sure that all of your references are willing and able!