Nowadays, it has become more and more difficult to find a job for a number of reasons. One of them is abundance of applicants, and the high competitiveness.
A lot of people who are very much qualified for many positions still can’t seem to land it after months of trying over and over.
This is because of a lot of small mistakes that they commit throughout their application process that make it impossible for them to get the job. So, how can you maximize your chance of getting hired?
Many times, all it takes is a few small changes over your resume, attitude during the interview, and some other smaller things to consider about your entire demeanor when applying for a job.
When landing a job, working on your presentation skills is often more important than the qualifications and degrees that you have.
So, what do you exactly need to do to up your chances of getting the job you want? Let us find out!
Work on Your Resume
When you apply to a job, you’re not the only candidate they have, which is why you need to make sure that you stand out and are remembered from the first time they interact with you, which is through your resume.
Your resume, no matter how full or empty it is, needs to look presentable, be organized and easy to navigate through. Don’t just cramp all the information there is about you in one page and call it a resume.
There are tons of free resume templates on the internet that you can make use of, each specialized for one field of work so that you can really impress your possible employer.
Use Your Network
Your network is everyone that you know or are friendly with either in a professional capacity or else. The network of contacts that you build throughout your life, starting when you are a student, can drastically improve your chances of getting hired, and in reaching your professional goals.
These connections can be made from school, university, friends, relatives, friends of friends, alumni associations, and anyone that you spent more than 10 minutes talking to.
These people all can help you land the job that you want, especially if they work at the company you’re aiming at.
One way you can take this to another level is by using LinkedIn, which is a network made especially for professionals to make and keep connections on.
Work on Your Interview Skills
Do Your Homework
In order to make sure you nail your job interview, there are a few tips that you need to be aware of.
The first thing you need to do after applying for a position is research the company or branch that you will be working in.
Knowing enough information about them means that you did your homework, shows that you’re interested and leaves a good impression on your interviewer.
The questions your interviewer will ask you are not very uncommon and are especially not impossible to predict.
Which is why you need to sit down and try to come up with the questions that your interviewer might ask you.
There are a lot of sources both online and in books that will give you a list of 100s of possible questions, your job would be to try and answer all of them prior to your interview, so that nothing surprises you when the day comes.
Make Your Pros Clear
When conducting the interview, you need to make sure that the interviewer knows all your strong points and everything you have to offer to the company, especially if you have some special skills that you left off the resume.
The interview will try his or her best to find your weak points, and won’t spend as much time trying to find your strong ones, which is why you need to bring them up every time you get a chance. And if you don’t find a chance to mention them, create one.
Clean Your Social Media Accounts
A lot of companies nowadays will check your social media accounts in order to know what type of person you are and to know some of your political and religious opinions.
When you’re hunting for a job, you need to make sure your social media accounts are clean and don’t contain any content that may suggest that you’re someone they wouldn’t want to work with.
Things such as tweeting or posting Facebook about how much you hate work or how lazy you are; these two things can destroy your chances of landing that position.
Also, if you have some extreme opinions about anything then maybe you should keep them off your social media accounts altogether as they may be the reason you lose a job opportunity.
One important thing that a lot of people do and shouldn’t is complaining about your current job, colleagues or employer. Your interviewer will have definitely tried researching you before the interview, and thus will see everything that you’ve said publicly.
No matter what you do, don’t talk badly about your current job, no matter how much you hate it. If you need to vent about it then you can talk to your friends, family, or partner, social media is just not the right place for that.
Another option to go for is completely deleting your social media accounts. Your employer can’t know anything extra about you if you don’t provide them with the place to read it.
This wouldn’t suggest anything suspicious as a lot of people simply don’t use social media at all.
Keep Your Options Open
Finally, in order to make sure you land a job, don’t restrict yourself to just one job application. Apply everywhere, even if you don’t have plans to take those positions.
By doing this, you maximize your chances of getting hired and you gain a lot of experience by taking part in a lot of job interviews.