Is one of your weekend tasks completing a job application? You may need to rethink your approach if previous applications did not generate interview invitations.
Stay resilient and keep applying. You will get the offer of an interview in time. There are steps you can take to represent yourself authentically when applying for posts. Those steps will take you closer to your goal.
Remember, an employer has a recruitment goal which is to hire people like you. People who have the right combination of positive attitude, experience, skills, and confidence. Those qualities add value to their teams. You are explaining why you offer the ideal combination of attitude and experience.
Here are 3 strategies to help you represent yourself well and move toward your ideal job.
Increase The Potential For Getting Shortlisted For Interview
Check to ensure that you are demonstrating that you are a very close fit to the employer’s ‘Must Have’ criteria. Are you drawing on your paid and voluntary experiences to show your skills off fully?
- Take time to ensure your covering letter echoes the language that the advertiser has used.
- Repackage your Resume / CV for each application, to highlight the skills and experience which you have built up in the sequence the employer is looking for. Make sure it makes you closely resemble the ideal interview candidate.
- Remember, if you are copying and pasting your information into an online form make time to check for typos and changing grammar.
- Also leave time before the deadline for a final check before pressing send. Trying to rush to produce the application right up to the deadline can be fatal. It increases the potential for errors to creep in. Worse yet, it means you are caught in a crisis if you have computer or broadband problems at the eleventh hour.
Give A Good Account Of Yourself At Your Interview
It is all about you. Not the team in which you worked previously. What did you do? How did you make a difference? Use lots of self -focused language. I did X in situation Y and the positive effect was Z (from which I learned that…).
- The employer wants someone whose skills are a good fit; who can confidently deal with familiar and novel situations; and fit in with her existing team. How many examples of fitting in and team work does your life story contain?
Manage The Outcome Of Your Interview
If you have stood out from the other interviewees you may be offered the job. Congratulations! Do your best work to sail through the probationary period and become a valuable team member.
If you didn’t appear to be the best person for the job you will get told that you haven’t been successful.
- You should be offered some feedback, if not politely ask for some. You are interested in your development after all, so knowing how to be better in your next interview is a smart move.
- If the organisation won’t provide any you have learned something about their attitude to people. If they do give you feedback take it on board and create an action plan to address any developmental points. Then take action to help yourself.
What Will You Do Differently Now?
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