There are three steps you can follow to improve your chances of being rated suitable for the job you want.
- Choose the right vacancies to apply for
Employers sometimes get hundreds of applications for every advertised vacancy. Don’t waste your time or the employer’s time by applying for jobs that you know you aren’t suitable for or don't really want.
- Get reliable and realistic feedback about your suitability and act on it
Be confident and ask for feedback on your job application and how you did at the interview. You might find out there are some small things you can tweak to make yourself more suitable for upcoming vacancies.
If you choose the right vacancies to apply for and you are genuine in your job search, then you have every reason to be proud of your job search efforts.
- Make some changes to your job search strategy and try again
There is always room for improvement in just about everyone’s job search strategy. Many things can improve your job search strategy:
- Tailor your cover letters and résumés. This will be the first impression the employer has of you. An error-free and tailored application will increase your chances of reaching the interview stage.
- Work on your personal presentation skills. If you aren’t succeeding at interviews you may need to work on how you present to employers. Personal presentation includes things like how you communicate as well as wearing appropriate work attire and your interpersonal skills. Rehearse what you are going to say. Think about the questions you might be asked. Talk to someone about how you respond to standard questions - for example, how you respond to the question "Why did you leave your last job?". Maybe you are sending the wrong message.
- Focus your efforts. If you still aren’t successful, ask for feedback and act on it.
These tools can help you:
…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.