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by Debra Auerbach | CareerBuilder

Job seekers often start their search by identifying the type of job they want before looking for companies that offer relevant positions. But what if you have your eye on a specific company you want to work for, and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to become a part of that organization?

Perhaps you’ve always considered the company to be interesting and innovative and you admire the company’s culture. Or maybe the company tops a best places to work list, making it a desirable place to start or grow a career. Sometimes it might be driven by knowing people who work at the company and wanting to work alongside familiar faces.

Whatever the reason, pursuing a particular company versus a specific job comes with its challenges. But if you’re committed to working somewhere, there are ways to up your chances of getting hired there.

Here’s how:

Make sure you know why you want to work there

You may have convinced yourself that you’re destined to work at a specific company, but make sure you can back up your reasoning.

Do your homework

If you know without a doubt this is the company for you, fill your brain with as much knowledge about the company as possible.

Tap your network of contacts
One of the best ways to get your foot in the door at a company you admire is to seek out people in your professional network with a connection to the organization.

Build a relationship with HR
While the human resources department is sometimes hard to reach, do what you can to connect with someone on the team directly. If you’ve already communicated with someone in your network who has an “in” at the company, use that person to introduce you to the right HR contact.

Make your interest known before a job opens up
Part of the reason why it’s good to establish a relationship with HR and other influencers within the company is to let them know of your interest before a position becomes available.