With so much competition within the recruiting process, it is important that you give yourself as much of a head start as you possibly can. Gaining an interview can be one of the hardest achievements facing those who are job hunting today.
Here are some of the ways which could help you get the edge over other possible candidates.
Make sure you are qualified.
Ensure that you have the correct qualifications or are in the process of obtaining the correct qualifications for the specifications within the advertised job role. If you are seriously underqualified or have no experience within the business sector you are looking at, you are unlikely to gain an interview. However, if you are currently on a home study course or state that you are starting one, which will give you the skills you will require to carry out the job role, you are more than likely to succeed and get an interview.
There are very good reputable sites, such as thinqi.com, that offer businesses and education facilities the opportunity to support learners through a mixture of e-learning and face-to-face learning for the studying participant to get the best out of the course they are learning. So should you find that the business you are looking to work at has these facilities available to you, you are indeed looking at a business interested in investing within their workforce.
Making sure that your resume stands out.
You need to be aware that the amount of people going for individual jobs is astronomical, the choice of numbers that employers have over who is going to get an offer of an interview and who certainly is not does not seem rational, and that number of applicants is growing by the day.
You need to ensure that your resume stands out above all the others that surround it for you to get into the interview list.
It is important that you make your resume job role-specific to the job you are aiming for and that all your information that is relevant to the role stands out. Try to use bullet points for your experience and your relevant qualifications and use a type font that is easy to read and not too small. Be aware of your margins. Should you make them too small, your resume will look overcrowded. However, if you make them too large, it will look like you do not have enough information or experience to interest the person in charge of recruitment.
What to do if you are lucky enough to gain an interview.
It is vitally important to give a good impression at your interview. Turning up late or badly dressed will make you memorable but will certainly not get you the job role you want.
Be sure to plan your route and ensure that you are competent in finding alternative routes on the day should there be any traffic problems or road closures. It is best to do a dummy run a day or so before to make sure that you know where you are going so that you do not have any extra stress or worries on the day.
It is wise to plan what you will wear and make sure that it is a comfortable fit, washed, ironed, and ready to go a couple of days before your interview. This way, should you find that your outfit is too tight or too loose, you will still have time to purchase a new outfit without having to make a rushed decision.