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Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

How to Increase Your Chances of Securing a Job Interview

While you might be confident with your knowledge and experience to date, it could feel like a difficult feat to convince a potential employer to believe in your talent and ability.

As many people might be applying for a job, you must take the steps to stand out from the many candidates competing for a position. Impress every hiring manager by reading these tips on how to increase your chances of securing a job interview.

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Write an Impressive Resume

Your resume is the most important aspect of securing an interview. If you want to land an interview over other job hunters, you must aim to match your resume to the position you are applying for.

It is imperative to thoroughly read the job description to tailor your career and academic experience to the role. What’s more, you must aim to showcase your achievements to prove to an employer that you’re the best candidate for the job, so they’ll be more likely to pick up the phone and invite you for an interview.

Refine Your Cover Letter

A hiring manager will more than likely read a cover letter before they review your resume, as it will serve as an introduction to a job application. If you cannot grab their attention, they will be less likely to read your resume or invite you for an interview. It is vital to write a cover letter that differentiates you from the many candidates vying for a position.

You must address your cover letter to a human being. If you don’t know their name, you could call the company’s HR department to find out who to address it to. Alternatively, you could choose the following opening line, “To the hiring manager at… “

You also should use the letter to introduce yourself and state why you are a good match for the job. You should then outline your qualifications and expertise to convince them that you are the best person for a role.

Hire a Recruitment Agency

If you are applying for multiple jobs and experiencing minimal response, you should consult a recruitment expert to help you secure a superb role. For example, if you’re trying to enter a career in finance, you should work with one of the best financial services recruitment agencies, who can provide honest feedback about where you will slot into the current job market. They can then use their skills and experience to match your expertise to the right position, which could improve your likelihood of securing an interview.

Send an Email to the Hiring Manager

Once you have submitted your application, you should send an email directly to the hiring manager to introduce yourself and ask them to look for your resume and cover letter. Your proactive approach could prove you are passionate about the brand and being offered a position at the company, which could help set you apart from the many people applying for a vacancy. Plus, they’ll remember who you are once you arrive at an interview, which could improve your likelihood of securing a job.

Author: Carol Trehearn

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