While we all know it takes a lot of work to score an interview, you could be making some mistakes in the application process that is holding you back from moving on to the next step in the process. It’s impossible to please everyone – HR managers included – but there are some simple and easy steps you can take to increase your chances of getting an interview.
Ashley Stahl, Career Coach and Forbes Contributor, sheds some light on these three simple steps and how they’re going to give you an edge over your competition when it comes to landing the big interview. Want to read what she has to say? Keep reading!
So… How Can I Land More Job Interviews?
As a coach to job seekers and budding entrepreneurs, there’s one thing I find true across all career paths: networking is king. Why is networking so important, you ask? One survey, for example, found that 85% of critical jobs are filled through networking. Another touts that 70% to 80% of new jobs are not even listed, meaning that networking is the only way to find these positions.
For some, however, the skill of networking is easier said than done, especially if you are introverted or would describe yourself as shy. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new position, or looking to land your first clients, if you’re not networking, you’re missing opportunities. Here are three networking tips that will get you out of your chair and into the mix!
1. Reach out to those similar to your level.
While it’s tempting to look upward for a bigger and better opportunity, sometimes it is most beneficial to talk to those near your same level. That way, when it’s time for a job recommendation or a performance evaluation, you can be on the forefront of your potential boss or co-worker’s mind and have a realistic shot at getting that promotion.
It’s always important to walk to the fine line between being aggressive and being mindful. Remember to emphasize your desire to grow rather than your dissatisfaction about your current position. This also gives you the opportunity to really know the other person you are talking with, as you can both discuss your goals, desires, and progress in your personal growth, rather than dwelling on the past and griping about your current situation.
3. Get inspired.
Whenever I reach a lull, I can typically depend on a solid Ted Talk to stay motivated. If you’re new to Ted Talks, here are some of my favorite talks geared toward communication skills.
To read the full blog on Forbes.com, follow the link: https://bit.ly/2SgDO4n