Getting noticed in a sea of qualified applicants is a difficult task. Persistence, brevity and online expertise ensure you stand out from the crowd. The following list includes the most important tips for securing more job interviews.
Brevity is the Key
Brevity is the most important part of securing interviews. Resumes should be kept short. Everything should fit on one page. A potential employer does not want to flip through an encyclopedia of information about you. Cut the fat. Get rid of everything that looks repetitive. Stick to only the most pertinent information. A resume should cater to somebody with a short attention span. A resume typically only gets 30 seconds from a hiring manager. A long, cluttered resume can easily be tossed into the trash. Briefly cover points. Long-winded paragraphs about irrelevant volunteer work will lose a potential employer’s attention. Keep it short and sweet.
Turn the Tables
It is okay to turn the tables on potential employers. Filling out an online application can be like filling out an impersonal customer service survey. Follow up a job application with questions for the employer. It is imperative to ask the right questions. Asking questions about the hiring process implies you are a serious potential candidate. A potential employer will appreciate your interest and enthusiasm. If questions are not addressed in a follow-up email, this gives you a good excuse to call. An applicant that asks questions appears engaged and interested. Instead of constantly selling yourself, turn the tables on the company.
Online branding is so important right now. Websites are incredibly affordable, even for the unemployed. A domain name should consist of your first and last name, if possible. This website is a good place to put your online resume. It is also important to have a LinkedIn profile, Twitter account and Facebook profile. These networking websites can open doors to many job opportunities. Social networking sites should all point back to your website. Potential employers will be impressed with a sleek online resume.
Become an Online Industry Expert
This is a great way to stand out from the crowd. It is fairly simple to become an online industry expert. The easiest way to do this is to add a blog to your website. The blog should be updated once a week, at least. The blog should have industry related news and information. This is also a great way to keep up with the latest industry trends. Unemployment or under-employment can keep you out of the game. Publishing a weekly blog gives you knowledge and credibility. It is crucial that you never blog about personal issues or anything unprofessional. A good, industry-related blog will impress employers.
Persistence is the most important trait to have during the application process. Persistence can secure interviews. Getting somebody on the phone is a great way to follow-up to an application. So many employers require online applications. Many applicants will be unwilling to call a potential employer. Getting somebody on the phone can sometimes be difficult. Do a little research, and find a direct line for the hiring department. If the company is small, try finding a direct number to the president. This shows a potential employer that you are a go-getter. This also adds a human voice to your online application.
There are a number of great tactics for securing interviews in a competitive job market. A perfect mix of brevity, persistence and online expertise goes a long way in ensuring you stand out from other qualified applicants.
This article was written by Patrick Barnes who works for Ochre Recruitment, a leading Australian medical recruitment agency specialising in GP jobs. Patrick writes articles about business, technology and career development for several great websites focusing on these topics.