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No one likes the feeling of rejection, especially when you feel like you’re being rejected by potential jobs and interviews time and time again. You seem to be getting the same old reply from the ‘Wicked’ HR person:
Well thank you, but no thank you. Why does this feel like such a slap in the face yet again? But the question is why is this happening? It can’t be you, surely not. The once qualified (possibly overqualified), experienced, social, outgoing positive person is now being confronted with this question? Well if this does apply to you, and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by it all, the below points may refresh your current thinking and potentially find your next dream job.
Your Curriculum Vitae needs to be up-to-date. A very common mistake amongst those people that are fresh to the job market. Nothing worse than reading a very outdated CV. The CV is the icing on the cake, if you manage to get this right you’re at least a third of your way there. www.careers.govt.nz will steer you in the right direction.
You feel like your applying for lots of jobs and at a good pace. Tick! You have it down to a fine art this job applying business. Tick. But why don’t you receive a response? Studies show that most people spend less than a minute to review a job posting. Read more.
By taking the time to read over the posting and really work out if the job is applicable to you may be the key ingredient to receiving the reply from your potential employer. Do your research before pushing the button.
You’ve got this far, you’re at the interview stage. You’re in the meeting room, all fired up guns blazing and then before you know it you’ve blown it. The cover letter speech you practiced so hard for in the car is just a distant memory now. Some good advice, practice your “Elevator Speech” or “Elevator Pitch” well before the day of the interview. This is an essential element in the interview process. Make it memorable so your interviewer will get the ‘Wow’ factor after meeting you. As John Sullivan, a management professor at San Francisco State University who also runs a human resources consulting business says, “Most people get flustered when trying to explain who they are and what they do," so as confident and self assured you may feel, you should always practice your Elevator speech and be able to recite it like it was your pin number or street address!
Carolyn Leadbeater, an executive recruiter at the New York–based firm Quantum, says that quoting a too-high salary range is the number-one way that job seekers take themselves out of the running for potential positions – your basically negotiating for job you haven’t yet been offered”. You’ll never know exactly what a person in that position should be paid, but be realistic, and get a good indication from the market and what people with your skill set and expertise are getting paid.
Check your online footprint. This is the first place your recruiter or hiring manager will check even before you walk through that door. One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking they can separate their personal networking from their professional. Wrong. The truth is you can’t even if you could, you just shouldn’t. The two should mesh together and complement each other. Firstly, update your LinkedIn and other online profiles which are publically displayed. It may feel a bit daunting, but the fact of the matter is, if you’re searching the web you’ve probably already got one.
Smile, acknowledge your interviewer, feel confident, make eye contact. Don’t chew gum. Simple techniques that are often forgotten. Most importantly, “dress for success”. Dress appropriately as this will convey the right message to your potential employer!