Can't get an interview? Don't give up, get smart!

  | James Innes

However hard they try, some people never seem to get an interview, let alone a job. If you think this applies to you, don’t despair. There are still things you can do with your Resume and job search to land you an interview.

If you have changed jobs frequently, employers may be reluctant to hire you. Because recruitment is an expensive process, hiring the wrong person can be a costly mistake, and an employer may be reluctant to take a chance on somebody who might not stay with their company very long. However, job hopping has become increasingly common. A recent survey revealed that 91% of millennials do not expect to stay in a job more than 3 years, with 71% of this group aiming to change their current job before 2020.

In such a case, the traditional chronological Resume might not be appropriate as would highlight the frequent changes of role. Instead produce a functional Resume which lists your experience in different functional areas, such as Customer Services or Marketing, and focuses on specific skills rather than a full career history.

By highlighting specific achievements such as “acquired major partner generating additional annual revenue of X”, it can be demonstrated you add value in your roles, mitigating the risk of hiring you.

Another group that struggle to find work are the long-term unemployed. A sad fact is that the longer you are out of work, the harder it can be to find that next job. Rather than hold out for a specific job, consider volunteering or taking on a freelance or part-time role. It will help get you back into the world of work and you never know where it may lead. Many a temporary position has translated in a more permanent job, and this could be a successful route for you. Working with a company lets them get to know you and your capabilities, irrespective of any gaps on your Resume.

If you have been out of work a long time, make sure your LinkedIn profile is optimised and get in touch with people in your personal network. Nearly 50% of all jobs are never advertised but come from job referrals. Is there somebody you know in your network who could help?

The other type of candidate that may struggle to find work are the over-qualified. Recruiters may be suspicious of hiring somebody who is clearly too qualified for a job – are they likely to want more money or leave at the first available opportunity for a better job?

In such cases, explain in a cover letter why you are choosing such a step – perhaps you are opting for a better work/life balance or prefer to have less responsibility. A clear explanation accompanied by a statement that you have wide experience which would benefit an employer may well tip the balance in your favour.

By tailoring your Resume, showing flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of new roles, whatever their nature, and by reaching out to your network, your chances of getting a new role will greatly increase. Not getting any interviews can be a discouraging experience but don’t give up. Some simple changes to how you approach your job search can soon get you on the front foot again.

Source: The Guardian

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