3 Job Search Hacks to Help You Get Hired

It happens to the best of us: you apply for a job and don’t hear back. Or you do hear back, and it’s not the news you hoped for. Job rejection certainly doesn’t feel good, but the learning experience is the silver lining.

Understanding why you didn’t get the job will help to ensure you get hired the next time! Jobseeker competition and the demand for top talent are steep these days, so standing out above the rest is imperative. Here’s how to make the most of the three valuable job search tools you’ve got to help you get hired and start a new career.

Your Resume

Your resume and cover letter are your most important tools when applying for a job. And you have a very short amount of time to make a rousing impression. A recent study revealed that recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing a resume (TopResume). It is so important to check your resume and cover letter several times before applying to every position. Grammar and spelling errors happen more often than you think, and, unfortunately, MS Word doesn’t always detect grammatical errors or typos. A CareerBuilder survey found that 61% of recruiters would immediately dismiss resumes if they contained typos. 

Consider using a free online writing assistant tool such as Grammarly. Or have someone else read through your resume and cover letter with a fresh pair of eyes and solicit their feedback. Be sure to customize your resume and cover letter to highlight areas relevant to each position you are applying for, and always address the hiring manager personally. Don’t just focus on job duties; list your accomplishments as well. Remember to structure your resume in a mobile-friendly format, as many hiring managers view your applications on a mobile device today.

Your Qualifications

Most job postings contain a detailed description of what is required to be a successful candidate. In some cases, you may be the perfect fit, but you may also be underqualified or even overqualified. Pay close attention to these job expectations. You may think you can do something you haven’t done before, but the company could be seeking someone specifically with hands-on experience.

Being overqualified may seem like an odd disqualification, but many hiring managers and recruiters are likely to assume that overqualified professionals expect higher pay or additional perks and benefits that cannot be accommodated. Companies would rather not under-utilize a person’s skills and expertise as this often leads to job dissatisfaction.

Before applying for any job, ensure you are a fit and that your skills and qualifications meet the requirements. If they don’t, you likely won’t be considered for the job and could waste your time.

Your Interview Performance

On average, only 2% of applicants are considered for a job interview (Indeed), and that’s a very small margin. If you’ve made it to the interview stage, way to go! Now, nailing the interview means making the absolute best impression possible. If you show up unkempt, seem scattered, or appear overly nervous, this could hurt your chances of landing the job.

Interviews are about communication, verbal and non-verbal. But the great thing about that is anyone can become an expert. Practice makes perfect. Practice in the mirror, read a script aloud or stage a practice interview with a friend. Focus on confidence, listening, and offering clear and concise responses (The Balance Careers).

Do whatever it takes to make yourself comfortable and confident about the interview process. Remember, interviews are nerve-wracking for many of us, including the interviewer; you’re not alone. Always invest time in yourself. The payoff will be rewarding!