There’s a lot of noise when it comes to job searching. You probably don’t have time to read blogs or watch YouTube videos on job search strategies, so here are 10 tips to help you troll the system and get the interview you want. With the rise of the internet and social media, job seekers have more tools than ever to promote their skills, experiences, and credentials. However, the job search can be a lonely journey for some. When you’re feeling stuck or just lonely, don’t fret. There are plenty of people out there who can help you get the job interview you want. Check out these 10 tips to help you troll the system and get the interview you’re qualified for.
Build a network
One of the best ways to get the interviews you want is through networking. Reach out to the hiring managers, HR leaders, and hiring managers of your target companies and see if they can help you with your application. Ask them to recommend candidates who may be a good fit for the position. Ask them for advice on how to build a stronger portfolio and make an impact in the industry. You’ll be surprised how much help you can get.
You don’t have to be the perfect version of yourself for a job interview. In fact, some companies might think you’re a douchebag if you’re not yourself. Show up to interviews with your natural hair, wear comfortable shoes, and don’t stress yourself if you don’t know the first thing about computers or the job search process. Give yourself permission to be a “weirdo” and show up with your authentic self. You’re going to be happier, healthier, and have a better experience when you’re in the room with people who see you for who you are, not who you try to be.
Go to that conference
Conference calls can be uncomfortable, and you don’t want to sound like an robot when you chat with potential employers. Luckily, there are conference calls that are specifically set up for job interviews. They allow you to be your most authentic self, and most importantly, show up with your best self. Ask yourself this question before every conference call: “Is this the best conversation I can have with this person right now?” If the answer is no, then you need to find a different conversation partner.
Keep your resume updated
You never know when a job interview is going to take place. You might have to travel for the job interview, be on remote work for the position, or only be offered the job after the company has gone through a lot of rounds of cuts. Remember to keep your resume up to date. If you’re relocating, changing jobs, or have changed careers, your resume needs to reflect the changes. If you have a job opening in an industry that’s changed, you need to keep your resume up-to-date to ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities.
Hire someone to reach out to companies
When you’re actively searching for a job, you might spend the majority of your time writing emails, reading blogs, and networking with other job candidates. Some of this time might be spent sending and/or receiving emails and networking, but not all of it. Hire a pro and let them do all the hard work for you. Search for companies on LinkedIn, send them emails, and if you’re lucky, they might give you the job. But, if you want to do the legwork yourself, hiring a professional who can reach out to companies is a great way to go.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a second interview
Many companies will offer to schedule a second interview if you didn’t land the first one the way you wanted. If you feel like you got the position wrong the first time, ask the company for a second interview. Some companies will even let you use their resources to reach out to other companies and ask for a second interview. Why not use this opportunity to show your network that you’re a real go-getter? This is also a great way to talk to people who you might not have gotten the opportunity to talk to in the first interview. Reach out to people you’ve never met before, and you may just discover you have a new friend in your field.
Looking for a job can be a stressful time in a person’s life. It’s important to remember that job interviews are a two-way street. Don’t be afraid to talk to hiring managers and HR leaders about how you’re going and what you’re doing. They might be able to help you out with a referral or point you in the right direction with a company that needs to speak with you. Keep your head down, work hard, and prepare for your interviews. Don’t do anything out of the ordinary or extra effort just to stand out from the ordinary. If you’re consistent with your efforts, anything is possible.