Are you looking for a new job or looking to make a career change? The job search process can be extremely frustrating. Applying for jobs takes a considerable amount of time and it is easy to lose hope when unsuccessful emails start hitting your inbox. How can you increase your chances of;
- Finding the right job
- Increasing your chance to get an interview
The trick is to narrow down your search! The broader the search, the harder it will be for you to find the job you actually want.
When applying and finding the right one, start by writing a list of the things you don’t want to do, then make that list longer. After a period of time, you will be left with a small pool of jobs you actually want. You can then focus your time and energy into learning the key people in the industry, networking with the right people on LinkedIn and landing the job you really want!
This process is a lot quicker and easier when you use Seek.com.au.
- Register to ensure you can keep your saved searches, upload your resume and keep track of the jobs you have applied for. When you do get an interview, this will help you remember what the job was!
- Start with a generic industry search and your location.
- As you can see below, there are currently 8,792 accounting jobs! Reduce this search down by finding some keywords that suit the jobs you are looking for. These might be activities within the job itself e.g. reporting, bookkeeping, accounts receivable etc.
- Adding one keyword per search to reduce the number of jobs that match your preference.
- Save the search so you can easily pick up from where you left off. You may need 5-10 different saved searches with different keyword.
- Favourite the jobs you potentially like without reading too much detail. This can be a quick click task when you are standing in line for coffee!
- Go back to your favourite list and go through each job in more detail.
- Unfavourite the ones you don’t want anymore so your favourite list only has the jobs you want. (Write the reason you don’t want that job in a notebook so you know for next time not to favourite a job like that.)
- Use the quick apply button to send your resume immediately to jobs that accept it.
- For the ones that need a selection criteria, aim to apply for 1-2 max a day. They can be quite draining to do and time intensive. I personally spend 2-3 hours writing key selection criteria for clients. It may take you longer. Keep your responses handy so you can draw on them again if needed.
What else can I do to improve my chances of being shortlisted for an interview?
- Update your LinkedIn profile. 80% of recruiters and hiring managers now use LinkedIn to find their next candidate. For some inspiration, check out my LinkedIn page!
- Register for Facebook job groups around your area.
- Dedicate one hour each day to applying for jobs.
- Start networking on LinkedIn, find your hiring managers and recruiters. Start liking and leaving positive comments on their posts. If they don't connect with you straight away, that's OK. They will eventually because your name will be recognised by them. Thank them for connecting then a little while later, ask them if you can send them your resume, but not straight away! You will look like a desperate stalker!!!
- Don't apply for more than 1-2 jobs requiring key selection criteria as you might make noticeable spelling/grammatical errors that will automatically deem you unsuccessful.
- Use Grammarly. Grammarly is great to check your work for spelling, grammar, vocabulary choices, punctuation errors. Don't rely on Microsoft Word! MS Word is a wonderful tool for many things. Spell checking and grammar checks is not a strength. Grammarly is the program I use when my lovely proofreader isn’t available (there is a free version available) click on the following link to try it today https://grammarly.go2cloud.org/SH1gT .
- Always, always, ALWAYS include and tailor your cover letter by adding the organisation’s name and the position you are applying for at the very least. Cover letters increase your chance of being shortlisted for a position by 40%.
- Call the recruiters/managers for the jobs that you would like to apply for and ask them questions about the job. While this step isn’t mandatory, it greatly increases your chance of getting shortlisted as you can tailor the cover letter and resume according to their responses. The recruiter will also recognise your application when it reaches their desk.
- Look for the qualities they are looking for and do some short courses. UDEMY is a great place to get quality courses at a very low price. You can then add these to your list of professional development courses.
- Once you know the type of job you would like, don’t drop your standard as you will start appearing overqualified for the position which will work against you.
- When you receive an unsuccessful email use the email template from our previous blog to ask for reasons why you were not being shortlisted so you can change the approach if needed.
Getting accepted for a job starts with a good resume. If you would like us to review your resume and provide you with some honest, constructive feedback. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Above all. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF!!! Take time out to be mindful. No employer will hire a broken person. If you are currently unemployed spend some time getting to know YOU. What do you love? What are you passionate about? Why are you the best candidate for the job? The more confident you are, the better your chances!
Have an amazing day today!!
Founder | The Perfect Resume