“We want to bring you in for an interview”. That statement is music to your ears when you are looking for a job. Your search for jobs that are a good fit for your skillset and you apply to the ones that you think are the best match. However, for every application you submit, only a fraction of those will result in a request for an interview.
Sometimes you feel like you don’t have any control over whether a company calls you back or not. Although the company is in the power position, there are a few things that you CAN do to increase your chances of getting an interview request.
Apply For Jobs the Right Jobs
Applying for every job available will not help you get a job faster. Trust me on this one. Once you start your job search, narrow down the job, industry, and type of company where you are interested in working. Only apply for the jobs that you qualified for and are aligned with your career goals. You don’t just want any job and any job doesn’t want you. Find those jobs that are requesting the knowledge and skills you have worked so hard to achieve. A targeted job search will get you closer to the hiring managers that will call you in for an interview.
Submit a Complete Application
I hate filling out job applications. However, it’s a necessary evil. Most companies have you fill out an application online in order to get you into their Applicant Tracking System. This way, they can easily filter through applications in order to find qualified candidates. If you do not thoroughly complete the application, you are writing your own ticket to the reject pile.
Make sure your resume is on point. Your resume should allow a recruiter to glance at it and see that you are worth a second look. Customize your resume to the job description and you will buy a few more seconds of the recruiter’s attention. The more time a recruiter spends reviewing your resume, the more likely they are to call you in for an interview.
Once you submit your application, follow up regarding the status of your candidacy. Express your interest in an email or phone call. Have your branding statement ready when the Recruiter responds so you can tell them exactly why you are excited about the opportunity and worth moving on to the next step.
Ask around your network to see who has connections within the company you are applying with. If you can get your name to the recruiter or hiring manager, they may just go searching for your application to see if you are worth bringing in. Use LinkedIn, social media, and your contact list to see if any of your associates are affiliated with someone in the company. A personal reference is still a strong mechanism to use when trying to get face to face with the hiring manager.
Once you hit send and your application is off for review, you are not totally helpless in the candidate process with a company. There are things you can do before and after you apply to increase your chances of getting an interview. Follow these tips each and every time and you will increase your application to interview ratio.
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