How to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job

When you’re applying for numerous jobs, it can be challenging to understand what it is precisely that employers are looking for. Most employers don’t let you know that you have been unsuccessful, so you may start to feel as though your CV is getting missed or falling into a black hole.

We understand that it can be a very frustrating process, but we’re here to help. These tips will help you increase your chances of getting a job, and will also help you to define what you want out of your career.

1. Be Selective

Our first tip is to be selective about the jobs you are applying for. When you don’t hear anything back from the businesses that you really want to work for, it can be very tempting to send your CV to anybody who is hiring, but we strongly advise against this. Firstly because it’s likely that you may not fit their requirements exactly, which may lead to them not getting back to you. According to Glassdoor, being selective helps job seekers get through a hiring manager’s first cut. So not getting through this stage may affect your morale even more, as you will start to tell yourself that you didn’t even manage to get the jobs you didn’t want. 

The most important thing that you should be doing in your job search is carefully evaluating all of the jobs that you are applying for. If you’ve found a position that you like, think about whether you could actually see yourself working for that company and in that role. Are you only applying for a job because you like the company and think there may be an opportunity to progress to the role you actually want? Or do you actually just want that role but don’t know much about the company? 

If you’re able to find jobs that you meet the key requirements of and you feel as though you will fit into their company culture, you are much more likely to appeal to them and, as a result, receive a response. While this may increase the amount of time you spend in the application process, it’s likely that it will shorten your job search overall because you’re submitting applications that selective employers are more likely to respond to.

2. Stay Organised 

Successful job seekers all have one thing in common, they are organised in their job searches. If you do receive a callback or an email, you want to make sure that you know who the company is and which role you have applied for. Employers are highly influenced by their first impressions of candidates (Monster, 2014),  and not knowing who the employer is that you're speaking to, is a huge red flag. 

One of the easiest ways to stay organised with your job search, is to make sure that you have a list of all of the jobs you are applying for and put them into sections. Have a section of jobs that you want to apply for, a section of jobs that you are waiting to hear back from and another section of jobs that you have heard back from. By doing this, you’ll be able to easily see and update the status of each job. However, there are also websites that you can use that will do a very similar thing, but if you’re applying for jobs on different websites some may get lost.

By following these steps, you will find that you are not only saving yourself a lot of time in the long run, but you’re also making sure that you are only applying for roles that you will enjoy if you are successful in the application process. Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to becoming more successful in your applications, but we assure you that by following these steps, you will start to work out exactly what you want in your role and will gain a better understanding of which companies you want to work for. 

You can check out all out lastest jobs roles here or register your CV here to get started. You can also call us on 0116 254 5411 or email 

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13th August

Job Tips