3 Things You Can Change Right Now to Increase Your Chances of an Interview
If you’re job hunting then you’ll only secure a role by interviewing. Of course, that’s a fundamental basic, so why aren’t you getting any interviews? Chances are you’re losing your audience, and being relegated to the “no” pile.
There’s 3 things you can change immediately to increase your chances of getting in front of the decision maker.
1) Personalise your cover letter
In my time I’ve seen everything from “to whom it may concern” to cover letters still made out to the last person the applicant responded to. To me, a cover letter that hasn’t been personalised is kind of the equivalent of an employer sending correspondence with “Dear Mr Candidate” at the top. Shows a lack of caring doesn’t it? If you haven’t taken the time to sort this out, potentially it could cost you a meeting.
2) Talk about achievements in your CV
if I see 60 CV’s for the one role, I’m likely going to read 60 variations on a theme. The CV’s that stand out talk about quantifiable achievements, accolades or awards or the things the person has done over and above their position description. Do some bragging, go on, don’t be shy! Where possible, customise your CV for the role you are applying for and highlight relevant skills and achievements that match the description and outcomes of the role advertised. In my experience there are nowhere enough job hunters doing this.
3) Do a “follow up” phone call
if you’re keen on a position then call for a chat. Great time to request a meeting as well. Chances are you’re applying to a recruiter or an internal HR person who could be working on a number of roles. A great way to discern yourself is to ring and have a chat, ask some intelligent questions and then politely suggest you get together if you like the answers you get. At very least this will give you an opportunity to get an idea of the timeframe of the process. At best you’ll land an interview!
These three simple things are all about discerning yourself from the crowd and demonstrating your passion for the opportunity. Think about it like this: your CV is a document tied to your main source of money, and therefore is one of the most important documents you will ever prepare.
Happy job hunting!