“I have skills, I’m a hard-worker, but I still can’t seem to get a job.”
This scenario is all too familiar for many job seekers today.
After finding a position you would love, the next challenge is applying and passing through the interview process. That’s where many of us fall flat. Either the application itself doesn’t get you an interview, or you can’t seem to get past those crucial first stages.
It can be hard to know where you are going wrong as recruiters can’t possibly tell every applicant why they didn’t get it. So, you carry on applying and hoping that someone will eventually give you a chance.
Why do recruiters pick certain candidates and what could be holding you back from receiving the job offer you want?
The first impression
Usually the first thing recruiters see from you is your cover letter, so take the time to craft it well and tailor it to the company. Your resume will be the next thing they see, so keep it neat and include a professional (or at least good quality) photo to help catch the recruiter’s attention.
These are certain qualities that stand out to employers:
- Skills and experience – Your skills and experience for the job are vital aspects, but soft skills are just as important. This includes things like thinking on the spot, working well under pressure, good time management, attention to detail, reliability and motivation.
- Attitude – Are you confident about the job? Do you have good work ethics? Are you teachable? Show employers that you are by having a positive attitude to the job and company from the start, being enthusiastic and smiling. Show why you would be a great addition to the company’s team morale.
- Connection – Don’t let nerves hold you back from making a proper connection with the employer. Make good eye contact and ensure your body language matches the impression you want to leave with them. Consider sending a handwritten thank you letter after the interview for extra bonus points.
If you work on these, you will be miles ahead of everyone who just applies and hopes for the best. Truth is, with most positions under fierce competition, you have to prepare yourself in the best ways if you want to increase your chances of receiving the job offer. If you don’t, it’s likely to be what’s holding you back from your dream career.
For your next interview, treat the entire process as if you are going to get the job. Imagine a year from now, you could be working with the very person that interviewed you, so keep this in mind and work on your interview skills training as thoroughly as you would for the job itself.