One of the most frustrating parts of job hunting is applying to job after job and never hearing anything back. When we asked our followers what the hardest part of the job search is, the most common answer was not being able to get an interview. Getting your foot in the door is the hardest part, but there are a few things you can do to increase your chances.
1. Network with the right people
Networking is a source of dread for many. It can be awkward and uncomfortable, but unfortunately it is necessary. Like anything, the more you do it, the better you will get. You want to get your name out there and build relationships with the right people. Attend the right conferences and events based on your interest, find out who are the right people (i.e. HR folks, hiring managers, and decision makers), and where they hang out. Introduce yourself, add them on LinkedIn, follow up. Your chances of getting an interview are much higher if you are known by the employer before you apply!
2. Make sure you have a killer resume
This one is obvious – your resume represents you to the employer. They likely have received dozens (if not hundreds) of resumes, and you need to make yours stand out from the pile.
The best resumes do the following:
- Showcase your personality
- Connect your interests to the company or industry
- Show off your capabilities
- Are reader-focused – pleasing to the eyes, and easy to understand
- Align with your “pitch” or intro
- Take care of the basics
3. Maximize your online presence
In our digital age, you can guarantee that employers are checking you out on social. Having a strong personal brand online is crucial – especially on LinkedIn. A solid, well-positioned, up-to-date, and authentic LinkedIn profile is a great way to help you stand out; in most industries having a LinkedIn profile is standard-practice. Stay active, follow the companies you’re interested in, share things you’re interested in, and don’t be afraid to network. LinkedIn can lead to some great opportunities, if you’re using it right.
Here are some top tips for LinkedIn:
- Be authentic and accurate.
- Complete and up to date
- Personal – but still professional.
- Showcase your talents
- Engage. Engage. Engage!
- Give as much as you take.
- Use it as a relationship management tool.
- Focus on quality not quantity
These may seem like obvious strategies, but they work when aligned with your interests and backed with a strategy geared towards helping you start a career you love. By focusing on these three simple tips, it could make all the difference in getting the interview.
To see more in-depth detail on each of these steps, visit our online learning academy!