Job search troubleshooting - How can I improve my chance of getting a job?


Are you working hard on your job search but not having any luck?

Here are some things to think about:

  1. Work on your written application:

If you are sending applications but not getting interviews, your résumé, cover letter or application may need work. 

Make sure your application:

  • is easy to read and not too long (no more than 2 pages)
  • is  tailored to the job you are applying for
  • outlines your relevant experience and qualifications
  • includes your contact details on every page
  • has no spelling or grammatical errors.
  1. Prepare for interviews:

If you are getting interviews but not the job, you may need to work on your interview technique. Ensure you:

  • are well dressed and arrive on time with a friendly, positive attitude.
  • have researched the employer beforehand so you know about the job, business and industry.
  • have practiced doing a mock interview with another person (or in the mirror) beforehand to help build your confidence.
  1. Apply for the right jobs:
  • only apply for jobs that suit your skills and experience. Your skills (especially your employability skills) and life experience make you suitable for more jobs than you realise.
  • would training (with a work placement) or volunteer work build the skills you need to be competitive for jobs?
  • try applying for entry-level or similar jobs in the industry or your chosen field as a way to get your foot in the door.
  1. Broaden your job search strategy:
  • About one fifth of vacancies are not formally advertised. Employers fill these roles using via word-of-mouth or by directly contacting job seekers they know. Tell people you know that you are looking for work. Contact employers you want to work for about any opportunities. Ask family, friends and other contacts to let you know if they hear of any job opportunities.
  • There is lots of support out there if you need it. Check out our article 'Who can help me with my job search?' for ideas.

These tools can help you: