New Year, New Job: Surefire Ways to Make Sure You Land That All Important Interview
By Features Desk
Thursday, December 31, 2015.
Job searching is never an easy task for anybody. No matter how experienced or qualified you are, you're likely to be up against some stiff competition. Knowing just how to wow your prospective employers is the only way you're going to stand out amid some equally suitable candidates. And believe me, it's by no means an easy feat, as I'm sure you've already learned.
How many times have you stumbled upon a job alert that would be perfect for you, but are unsure of how to approach the application? No two jobs are ever the same, and just because you've impressed one employer doesn't mean you'll be able to do the same. Given that there's no method to the madness, what are some techniques you can use to consistently appeal to a number of different recruiters? Let's take a look, shall we?
Ask For Help
Don't be afraid to reach out to recruitment agencies. Going it alone will only get you so far. Why not embrace the wealth of experience that these professional agencies have? Besides, it'll cut out a lot of the hard work for you, so you can spend more time tailoring your resume to each job.
They'll send off your details to jobs that they think you're a fit for. And guess what? Their opinion counts for something. So, if you can get a referral, you're more likely going to be considered seriously. Consider it a vote of confidence of sorts. Two heads are better than one and all that.
Ensure That You Fit the Criteria
It's no good waging a war that is already lost. A lot of people approach job searches with the goal of punching above their weight. And, while it's true that you may get lucky, for the most part, you're just wasting your time and energy. The same time that could be better spent looking elsewhere, where you have more chance of landing an interview.
Scrutinize the job description in great detail. If you don't hand on heart tick all the boxes, move on. Maybe one day you will, but today is not that day. Walk before you run. What's the point in getting a job if you'll be in over your head, anyway?
Rewrite Your Resume and Cover Letter
When it comes to applying for jobs, believe me, one size doesn't fit all. So many people get caught up in the habit of sending the same old tired resume and cover letter out with every application. Well, let me tell you, that's a surefire way to getting overlooked. Employers aren't stupid. They can spot this a mile away. And besides, your resume is designed to sell yourself, so why sell yourself short?
Cater every single one that you send out to that specific job. Look at particular points the job description has called for and relate them to your own experience and qualifications. Include examples of times you have demonstrated the traits the job calls for. You're far more likely to land an interview that way.