Applying For Work? Not Getting An Interview? What To Do!Posted: 5th of March 2015 by
Applying for jobs and not getting an interview can be incredibly frustrating, especially when not every employer will let you know if you have failed or not., instead waiting for a deadline to pass without word to realise that you didn’t make the cut. If this is happening to you it might be worth taking a moment to pause in your job hunting and have a think about what could be going wrong. After all there is no point wasting time and energy just applying for jobs if there is something stopping you from getting to the interview stage.
The first thing to do is to realistically assess the jobs you are applying for. Do you have the skills, qualification, or experience they require? There are instances where companies will hire someone who hasn’t got all of the skills they are seeking, but generally-speaking you won’t get to the interview phase if your C.V. doesn’t match up to what the employer is looking for.
Write down what the employer is looking for and see if you match to the majority of these points. A manager will not hire you if you don’t fit the role if they can find others who do. It is nothing personal – it is just how the job market works.
If you find that you don’t have the relevant skills or experience have a think about what you can do to attain them. Could you sign up for a course or apprenticeship perhaps to make yourself more employable, or maybe could you offer to volunteer or intern somewhere to get some much-needed experience?
Alternatively, you may be pricing yourself out of the market by applying for jobs which are way above your current level. If that is the case, try looking for a lower level role that you can use as a stepping stone to get to the position you really want in the future. This role may be within a particular company or department that you want to progress your career with, allowing you an inside line to your dream career.
Another different issues may be to do with your application itself. Make sure you tailor each application to the role you are applying for. This can seem tedious, but it will give you a better chance of getting that interview. Make sure you include the relevant experience where you have it, and of course thoroughly check your spelling and grammar – a typing error on your C.V. could be all that is standing between you and your dream career!
By making sure to check and list your skills and experience as they apply to the requirements of each job you stand a better chance of getting employed. Some people use the same phrases and wording used in the job advertisement, which can also help, especially where your application is initially scanned by a computer for matching phrases rather than actually read. Whatever you do, stay realistic in your expectations, and understand that you may need to work up the career ladder a little before you get your desired role.
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