Being a job seeker is tough. You find yourself applying and interviewing for jobs that you think would be perfect for you, only to be left with no offer or honest explanation for why you were not selected.
There are many reasons why you are not getting a job offer, and there are 4 things that all job seekers need to pay attention to in order to eliminate some of the common reasons why they are getting passed by for jobs and interviews.
1. Your resume is old.
After applying to jobs, you may be getting passed by if your resume is not up to snuff.
When was the last time you updated or reformatted your resume?
Today’s resume formats have changed quite a bit. Gone are the days of black and white, Times New Roman font, and plain Jane resumes.
If you really want to impress with your resume and catch a hiring manager’s attention, get creative. Dress up that old paper resume with some color and designs – nothing too wild, but just enough to grab the hiring manager’s attention.
Along with your paper resume, consider creating a video resume. Video resumes are gaining in popularity and many hiring managers prefer this format of resume. When there is the ability to visually demonstrate your skills and attitude take advantage of that opportunity and show the hiring manager that you are a skilled candidate who is up to date on the latest trends.
2. You’re applying to jobs that you’re not qualified for.
This seems like a simple thing, and it really is.
What kind of jobs are you applying to?
Do you meet the qualifications or are you stepping out on a tight rope by applying to something you have no experience in?
Take a look at your background and experience compared to the jobs you are applying for. If you are applying to positions you are not qualified for, there is a good chance you will not be contacted or considered.
3. Your interview skills are lacking.
Once you get past the initial consideration call and asked in for a face-to-face or video interview, it is key for you to have outstanding interview skills in order to have a chance.
Preparing for a video interview versus a face-to-face interview are, for the most, part very similar preparations. Do your research and make sure that you are familiar with the company, job, and the type of questions you will be asked.
Make sure that you smile, remain upbeat and positive during the interview. Many hiring managers will notice your attitude and the way you are responding to questions. Keep a cool head, answer honestly, and express your interest in the position.
When you handle the interview well, you have a greater chance of moving forward in the consideration process.
4. You are not following up.
After you interview, are you following up with the hiring manager?
If you are not sending a written thank you or following up with a phone call to the hiring manager, then you are likely ruining your chances at a job offer.
Sending a thank you to the hiring manager is a MUST. Whether this is a written thank you or a thank you email, this is key for job seekers and must be done no later than the morning following the interview. When the hiring manager receives your thank you letter or email, this keeps you fresh in his mind and lets him know that you are appreciative of his time and interested in the position.
In addition, it is just as important to follow up with a phone call to the hiring manager after a few days. Again, this ensures that the manager does not forget about you and understands that you are on top of things and interested in working for him.
What are some other things you could do to have a better chance at a job offer?