Job searching is often a frustrating affair, made worse when you're continually encountering dead ends. Rejection isn't uncommon. However, if you're constantly stuck when it comes to your job search, it's time to review what you're doing.
Are you grabbing their attention?
You need to stand out from the other applicants. Don't rely solely on being qualified to get you the role – you need to stick in the hiring manager's mind. Sorting through a stack of applicants makes it easy to forget one candidate, even if they have the skills needed.
If you want to catch their attention, don't rely on bald facts. These won't create a connection that allows the hiring manager to easily bring you to mind later on down the line when they're short listing candidates. Instead, try showcasing your personality, or creating a career story to underline your job hunt, to become more memorable.
Are you tailoring your applications?
Every role is unique. If you're sending out the same application to multiple job openings, you aren't showing how you possess the specific skills and experience the companies are looking for. Make sure you adjust your application for each position you go for. For example, if an IT role wants to know that you can code in a specific language, put your experience in it first and foremost – don't leave it sitting halfway down the page. Make it the first thing they see.
Are you qualified for the role?
It's important that you focus on where you want to end up when job searching. Nevertheless, if you're not getting to the interview stage, there's a chance you're applying for roles that are outside your skill set.
Consider the experience and qualifications that the company is asking for. While you don't always need every requirement listed, if you're lacking too many it's unlikely that the hiring manager will give you a second look. Adjust your job search so that the positions you're applying for better match your experience, while still challenging you.
Or, alternatively, invest in courses that will develop your skill set. A benefit with this choice is that it shows your dedication to learning.
Don't get stuck while searching for your dream job in the New Zealand tech and IT industries. Reach out to 920 Career Agents today so we can help you with hands-on advice.