No – you didn’t get an interview
Searching for a new job can be a tedious process but the worst part of job searching is learning that a job has been filled and you haven’t even been called for an interview
If you find yourself in that situation over and over again you need to establish why this keeps happening so you can address it.
Unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” solution to guarantee you will get an interview for any job you apply for but sometimes all you need to do is make minor changes to your CV – on other occasions you may have to revamp your whole strategy. Here are some tips on identifying where you could be going wrong:
Are there mistakes on your CV?
Proof read your CV then proof read it again. Check the spelling and dates carefully to ensure there are no errors. What errors mean to a potential employer is that you have a poor attention to detail, or that you rushed your CV and don’t really care about the position you are applying for, you are just going through the motions
Is your cover letter boring?
Your cover letter may be flawless but is it boring? Are you using the same cover letter for every job you are applying for? Read the job description for the role you are applying for and tailor your cover letter so it includes the experience you have that will make you suitable for the position. Make the employer want to see you before they have even looked at your CV
Are you chasing your job applications?
Many people fail to realise that there is more to getting an interview than just sending your CV and hoping. You need to be proactive. The employer may have received 100 CVs for their role so unless you stand out from the crowd you are not going to get an interview. You need to get the employers attention, call or email them and stress how interested in the job you are and how you feel you have the skills and experience needed for the role
Are you keeping your job search a secret?
You have applied to a Company where your friend/relative/Aunt Annie works but you haven’t told them because you are embarrassed. You need to get over yourself. As long as you have the right skills and experience required for the role and do not think your relationship with someone who already works for the employer would affect your or their performance, use this friendship or acquaintance. It is much easier to get an interview if you have been referred
Are you being realistic?
Sometimes your ambition leads you to apply for jobs you are not qualified for or do not have the experience for. It is okay to apply for jobs that are the next step up to the one you are currently in but they shouldn’t be the only jobs you are applying for. We would advise you to be realistic, go for jobs you are going to get, jobs where you have the skills, experience and qualifications needed to get the role. Stretching in order to progress in your career is great just don’t stretch too much
It’s not easy to take an honest look at things you may be doing wrong when applying for jobs but being aware of obstacles standing in your way is the first step to changing a situation
Happy Job Search