Job search troubleshooting - how can I improve my chance of getting a job?

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One of the best ways to improve your job search success is by seeking feedback from employers about why you weren’t a suitable candidate for their vacancy.

You can use this feedback to change the way you approach future job search activities.

Other things to consider are:

  1. Improving your written application:

If you are lodging applications but not getting interviews, your résumé, cover letter and application may need to be improved. Ensure your application:

  • is easy to read and not too long
  • is tailored to the job you are applying for
  • details your relevant experience and qualifications
  • includes your contact details
  • is free of spelling or grammatical errors.
  1. Taking time to prepare for interviews:

If you are getting interviews but not the job, you may need to work on your interview technique. Ensure you:

  • are well dressed and presenting professionally
  • are well prepared for the interview
  • have practised doing a mock interview with another person beforehand to help you refine your responses and reduce your nervousness
  • know about the job, business and industry.
  1. Thinking about whether you are applying for the right jobs:
  • ensure you are applying for jobs that suit your skills and experience. But remember that many of your skills (especially your employability skills) will be transferable across lots of jobs so the number of jobs that could suit your skills may be higher than you realise
  • think about whether training with a work placement or doing volunteer work will build the skills you need to be competitive for job vacancies
  • consider applying for entry-level or similar jobs in the industry or your chosen field as a way to get your foot in the door.
  1. Broadening your job search strategy:
  • About one third of employers fill vacancies by informal methods such as word-of-mouth or direct contact with job seekers. Consider contacting employers directly or asking family, friends and other contacts to let you know if they hear of any job opportunities.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.