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 that you know you aren’t suitable for or don't really want.
- Get reliable and realistic 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 you are genuine in your job search, then 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 just about everyone’s job search strategy. Many things can improve your job search strategy:
- Tailor your cover letters and résumés. 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 standard interview questions - for example, how you 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 and act on it.
These tools can help you:
…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.