No one enjoys the job application process. It's only made worse when, despite the time invested, you don't even get a chance to prove yourself within an interview. When hunting for a new position, a lack of responses is often disheartening. However, this doesn't have to be the case.
Here are four steps to help you land that coveted job interview.
1.Tailor your application to each job
The rush to get your application in for a job that's caught your eye can prevent you from putting your best foot forward. It's generally a good idea to apply for a role within a few days of it appearing – however, this doesn't mean you shouldn't take some time with your application.
Take time to tailor your cover letter and CV to suit the job you're applying for. Review what you've written, and ensure there are no grammatical errors. Other ways you can improve your application for a specific job include:
- Creating a hook – Have something that catches their attention. You could make this a link to a project you've created, such as a website or app that you're proud of. Sometimes this is tough, but something to interest them and create a conversation is invaluable.
- Research the company and hiring manager – Applying blind can mean you miss an opportunity to stand out. For example, if the company you're applying for has a particular interest in a programming language you're skilled in, you don't want to hide this fact on page two of your application.
- Less is more – It's tempting to highlight all the many skills you have, but you don't want to come across as a jack of all trades. Focus on your strengths that matter to them. Leave the rest as a side note, so the important skills aren't lost amongst them.
2. Expand your applications
Reading the skill requirements of a job is important, but don't immediately cross a job off the list if you don't meet one or two points. Sometimes you'll find that they're not as strict on these points as you expect, or they're willing to let one slide if you can show your strengths in the rest. Be upfront with your skills, but still put your name forward and demonstrate how you can exceed the rest of their requirements.
Be specific with your proficiencies – saying you're an expert in a language doesn't mean anything. Give solid examples that they can judge your abilities from.
Apply to multiple jobs at a time. This will save you time, widen your job net, and will prevent you from potentially missing out on another role while waiting for a company to get back to you.
3. Don't limit yourself to big job boards
Seeking a job through the usual channels can turn up good results, but it's also where everyone else is looking. Consider smaller agencies that have niche markets. You won't have to wade through so many openings to find what you want and you might find positions not advertised elsewhere.
Social media is a way to showcase work you're proud of and attract attention.
4. Social media
In the technological age, you can't ignore how powerful social media is in helping open up opportunities. Make sure any profiles, such as LinkedIn, are up-to-date and attractive to potential employers. They can help you present the image you want and are a potential way to showcase work you're proud of.
Social media is also a great way to build a network and connect with others in the New Zealand tech and IT industry.
Achieving a job interview is the next step to advancing your career and finding your dream. For assistance creating an application that gets you one, reach out to 920 Career Agents today.