There are three steps you can follow to improve your chances of being rated suitable for the job you want.
- Choose the right jobs 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 you aren’t suitable for or don't really want.
- Get honest feedback about your suitability and act on it
Ask for feedback on your job application and/or how you did at the interview. There might be some small things you can improve for future job applications.
If you choose the right vacancies to apply for and are genuine in your job search, 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 your job search strategy. Some things to think about:
- Tailor your cover letters and résumé. This is 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 are can't get past the interview stage, you may need to work on your personal presentation. This includes dressing appropriately, how you communicate and your interpersonal skills. Practice what you are going to say and think about what questions you might be asked. Think about your responses to possible interview questions. For example, how you would respond to "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 from employers, seek help from others and act on it.