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

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To help improve your job search, ask employers for feedback on what you could do to be more competitive for their jobs. 

Then use this feedback to change the way you apply for jobs in the future.

Other things to consider are:

  1. Improving your written application:

If you are sending applications but not getting interviews, your résumé, cover letter and application may need to be improved. 

Make sure your application:

  • is easy to read and not too long (usually 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. Taking time to 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 practised doing a mock interview with another person (or in the mirror) beforehand to help you refine your responses and reduce your nervousness.
  1. Thinking about whether you are applying for the right jobs:
  • only apply for jobs that suit your skills and experience. But be aware that many of your skills (especially your employability skills) make you suitable for more jobs than you probably realise
  • would doing some 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. Broadening your job search strategy:
  • About one third of employers fill vacancies using methods such as word-of-mouth or direct contact with job seekers. Maybe try contacting employers directly or asking 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:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.