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5 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Chances of Getting an Interview

In this competitive job market, everyone is looking for that edge to help to help them land a good job, and the first step you take is getting your resume to the right person at the right time.  Though this can seem very challenging, it’s more about research and patience and less about luck.  Here are 5 things that you can do right now that will increase your chance of getting an interview.

  1.  Networking leads to potential employment.  Your very first step is to get the word out that you are looking for employment and what kind of job you want, what you are uniquely qualified for, and see what your circle of family, friends, and colleagues can help connect you to.  In this economy, more and more people are getting hired through networking versus an advertisement for a job that you randomly apply to.  And you stand to face less competition for the potential position this way.
  2. Fine tune your resume.  Everyone has a resume, but your needs to be concise, specific, and focused more on your accomplishments and less on your job responsibilities.  Many job titles and industries carry with it the same job requirements – in your resume put more focus on what you have accomplished – let a potential employer see what you have done, not what you were required to do.  This difference can be a make it or break it – and you want to make it to the interview portion of the job search.
  3. Multiple copies of your resume and how this can work for you.  If you are apply to jobs that are similar but have a few key differences, this is when having multiple resumes can work for you.  If your last job was as some type of administrative support staff, you might want to tailor your resume to the different industries you are targeting for future employment.  What goes over well at a doctor’s office might need to be tailored if you apply to work at a distribution center.  Always make you resume relevant to the place you apply to.
  4. Send out your resume to every job you qualify for.  Know your limits, but apply often and early.  Often times a job can be filled in less than one to two weeks so your odds of being considered are better the sooner you apply.  Also, even if you apply for a job and get the interview, you can still keep looking for something better, but the biggest challenge here is to get the interview, speak with a person regarding a potential job, and also, after the interview, get feedback on how well you interviewed.
  5. Be professional.  This is aimed at everyone, but being professional from everything from how you dress to your manners, this is one of the first things to get your resume moved to the top of the pile – or to land it in the trash.  Many administrators ask whoever received the resume to rate the candidate that came in, and if you were less than polite and well mannered – you just cost yourself an interview and potential job.

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