One of the most difficult aspects of a job search is waiting for companies
to arrange interviews with you. You send out your resumes, and then wait for
the phone to ring, or an e-mail to show up. And you wait. And wait.
wonder why. Is there something wrong with my resume
Am I lacking the experience the companies want? Did I make a mistake
If you've made sure your resume is properly formatted and free of
typos, then the lack of calls could be because of one of the following
reasons.1. Your cover letter.
Have you used the word "I" too much in the
letter? Have you put the focus more on what you want than how you can help
the company? If so, hiring managers might be passing you by.2. Reaching too
Know your limitations. Are you setting your job
appropriately? Everyone would like their next job to be
better than the last one. But if you're applying for jobs you're clearly
underqualified for, your chances of getting an interview are not going to be
great.3. Proving your worth.
Does your resume demonstrate the value you
would bring to a company, or is it just filled with general job
descriptions? The best way to get someone's attention is to show them you
have a history of contributing to previous employers' success.4. Managing
your job search.
So you found a few jobs that look great, and you sent out
your resume. Don't just sit back and wait to hear from those companies. Keep
looking! The more resumes you send out, the more interviews you're going to
get.5. Your search technique.
Don't rely on just one job
or strategy. Try all of them. Get as many applications
and resumes out there as you can, in as many ways as you can.
job search is like any other endeavor. You get out of it what you put into
it. It takes hard work to find a new job, and careful planning. So if you're
not getting the results you expected, it might be time to take a step back,
review what you've done, and then make some improvements.
might be a long summer spent by the phone.Tips: After the Interview
an interview doesn't mean you've automatically got the job. Remember these
- Be prepared.Don't go into an interview without rehearsing
your answers to the common interview questions. Not only will you sound more
professional, you'll be more relaxed as well.
- Know the company. Unless it's
a last-minute interview, take some time to research the company and learn
about what they do. Then be ready to discuss how your particular skills and
experience will be of value to them.
- Don't repeat mistakes. After each
interview, review what you said and did, and see if there are any places for
improvement at the next interview.