A reality of being a post-college adult: you must earn income. But that can’t happen until you earn an invite to a job interview.
For many frustrated job seekers and newcomers to the job market, landing even one job interview is a positive. At the very least, it is seen as a welcome sign that you’re moving in the right employment direction. And yet it doesn’t come.
So what do you do if you’ve thrown seemingly hundreds of resumes out there, but still aren’t getting any bites?
For some handy advice, and ultimately job interview success, read on!
Cast a Smaller Net
Sure, it may make sense in fishing to dredge the largest body of water possible. But in the job-hunt world, it’s the less-intuitive approach that often nets better results. Carefully review your education, experience, and specialized qualifications. Spend your time, energy and other limited resources looking for jobs that match up well with your individual traits. This may mean that you end up applying for fewer jobs. But your chances of getting in the door with at least one job interview will increase exponentially.
Spruce up that Resume
You’ve been sending your resume out into the scary, employment-seeking world with lackluster response. So it may be time for a quick revamp or a complete overhaul.
With a few exceptions, most modern employers expect resumes to convey the relevant information in a page or less. Be sure that your critical info such as employment history, education, and relevant skills are all clear and concise. In need of more space for the more relevant resume entries? Consider removing old or outdated info such as clubs or extracurricular activities from college. Also, remove irrelevant, short-term, or seasonal jobs from early in your career.
Target Those Keywords
Now that you’ve got the right skills and experience on your resume, what’s next?
Keywords. Lots of keywords!
You must make sure the information you matches up with the language your target employers are using. To get started, review job descriptions for the most relevant keywords for your field. Then work them into your resume or other correspondence. Your goal: have your resume pop when viewed by an ATS or by potential employers.
Sell Yourself with a Cover Letter
A professional resume isn’t the only way to let potential employers know you’re the perfect candidate for the position. If the job listing gives the option, be sure to include a well-written, brief and information packed cover letter, especially when submitting a resume online. A quality cover letter is a great way for an employer to feel out your practical skills. In addition, professional communication is high on every HR manager’s wish list. Before you send, ask a friend to proofread your cover letter for mistakes and grammar issues. For the best chance of success, be sure to read, re-read and then read again out loud.
Mind Your Social Media Manners
So your resume and cover letter are in order. You’re applying for jobs within your skillset. And still not earning an invite to a job interviews?
it might be worth taking a look at your social media accounts for any potential red flags. In our increasingly connected digital world, hiring managers care about online presence. They will often take a few minutes to peruse the professional and social networking pages of potential candidates. Sure, that wild girl’s night out may have been harmless weekend fun. But it doesn’t exactly instill confidence in your potential boss. Keep these sites locked down with security to friends and family. Better yet, keep any potential questionable posts or images tucked firmly away on your private phone or email.
We’ve given you the tools you need. Now, it’s time to start applying and enjoy some job interview success!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Simply Hired.