You know the one. The job you’ve always dreamed of. It seems like you’ve been preparing for this position your entire life. And now, finally, you have the opportunity to apply for it.

But you don’t want to mess it up. You want to impress your potential employers and avoid saying or doing the wrong thing. You want to make sure everything is perfect before you send in your application.

Well, here’s how to do just that:

Add to your impressive skill set

You already have experience. You’ve already acquired the necessary skills. But why not acquire some more? Broaden your idea of what the job entails and look into short courses that have to do with the industry. For example, if you want to be an office manager, it would help to take bookkeeping courses. Don’t just do what is required: go above and beyond to ensure you’ve done everything you can.

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Have proof you’re worth hiring

To start with, make sure your CV and cover letter are well-written (without any grammatical errors or spelling mistakes). Include only the information your future employer would be interested in. Hint: they’re not too concerned with your high-school drama club award.

You should also include references from previous employers and (if you haven’t been in the working world for long) your teachers or lecturers. If you list someone as a reference, always ask them if it’s okay first.

Make sure you’ve earned it (and that you have the necessary experience)

It may seem pessimistic, but don’t get your hopes up too soon. Just because you think you’re ready for the job doesn’t mean you’ve earned it.

Lots of people have worked for over a decade to finally be in the position they actually want to be in.

Before you apply, make sure you have enough experience in the right areas. Instead, look carefully at what the job entails and examine where you are currently in your life.

If you haven’t earned the job yet then work towards that goal

Create a checklist of everything you need to accomplish in order to get the job and start ticking things off immediately.

We all have that one job we’ve been dreaming about. When you have the chance to apply for that job, you should give it everything you have and more.