Today’s job market could be daunting at times. Job seekers far outnumber job postings. Therefore, the odds are against you from the very beginning. However, there are steps you could take to improve your chances of getting an interview.
Work on Your Resume and Cover Letter
Your cover letter and resume should be a brief summation of who you are and what you could do for the employer. It is usually the first point of contact between the job seeker and the employer. That is why it is so important to get it right. Always remember that your cover letter and resume should be tailored for each job posting. It shows that you took time to look at the position and that you are a serious professional.
Build Your Online Presence
A LinkedIn account is practically essential these days. Using a twitter account to build your brand is increasingly important as well. Tweet about issues and current events that are relevant to your field. A personal website is not a requirement for every field but it certainly does not hurt your chances. But always remember that everything you write or post could be seen by a potential employer. So, be careful. For more, I wrote a simple guide for building a social media profile.
Volunteer in Your Field
New graduates and job seekers transitioning to a new field often find it difficult to find meaningful experience. Sometimes volunteering is not just the best option but the only option available. Look for volunteer opportunities that align with your career goals. It is also a good way to meet new contacts and in some cases the position could become paid in the future.
Networking could be difficult, even awkward at times. It often requires people to come out of their shell. But, there is little doubt that it is the best way to get results. A good strategy is to make a list of friends, acquaintances and former co-workers who could potentially get you a job. Draft a carefully worded email and send it to everyone. Also, look for networking events near you.
Look for More Job Postings
Remember the one percent rule: on average job seekers get a call back from just one percent of the jobs they apply for. Therefore, the more jobs you apply for the more interviews you will get. But it is also important to make sure you apply for positions that are realistic. Almost every posting online asks for some experience. Do not only apply for jobs online. Hand out resumes to potential employers. And use the resources available to you in your community.