Have you ever thought, “If I can just get an interview, I can convince them that I am the best person for the job”? Of course, that’s the challenge—getting the interview. You may be highly qualified, but if you don’t land the interview, your chances of being hired are just about nil.
So how do you get that all-important interview? Is there anything that you can do other than send out your resume and hope for the best?
Actually there are some things that you can do. Try some of these suggestions:
- Analyze the job posting. After thoroughly reviewing the job listing, you should have a good idea of what the employer is looking for and how well your qualifications match the position’s requirements. Make sure that your qualifications come through clearly on the resume. Recruiters will be looking for an exact match. In order to improve your chances of obtaining the interview, you need to make sure to include information from your background that matches the requirements of the job.
- Revamp your resume. If you haven’t updated your resume in awhile, chances are good that it needs a refresh. Try to look at your resume with fresh eyes. Is it visually attractive, and does everything on your resume align with your job target?
- Network with the right people. To better your chances of landing an interview with a company where you would like to work, it’s useful to network with people who work there. One way to find employees who you know is to search LinkedIn. When you enter the name of a company at the search bar at the top, you will get back a list of results of people who work there. LinkedIn will tell you if they are first, second, or third level connections. These are people that you need to network with.
- Find the recruiter and/or hiring manager. Even though job postings don’t often have the name of the recruiter or hiring manager, with a little sleuthing you can often find this information. For one thing, as you do your networking with people on the inside of an organization, you can often obtain this information. Second, you can search LinkedIn to find out who is in charge of the department where the opening is.
- Follow up, follow up, follow up. Follow up with people in your network, and follow up with recruiters and hiring managers. Of course you don’t want to be a pest, but you do want to stay top of mind. Demonstrate your interest in the position by staying in touch with people who can influence the interview process.
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