5 Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Job

The key is to stand out from the crowd. As a job seeker, you want the employer or recruiter to identify your application as the one which perfectly fits the profile.

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5 Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Job

5 Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Job

New Delhi:  Often job seekers complain of not hearing back from a prospective employer or recruiter, despite having all the necessary skills and experience required for a job. The wait can be difficult for job seekers but if we look at the other end of the spectrum, it can be equally difficult and a time-taking practice for employers to go through the pile of resumes they receive and sort out the ones that best fit the role. However, the process can be expedited if job seekers payed close attention to their job application. 

The key is to stand out from the crowd. As a job seeker, you want the employer or recruiter to identify your application as the one which perfectly fits the profile. But how to do it? A recent study of job search data by Indeed revealed a five-part formula for success. Here's the formula as recommended by Paul Wolfe, SVP of Human Resources at Indeed.

1. Be selective: If there is one take-away, this is it. The most important thing you can do to improve your chances is to carefully evaluate each job you're applying for to ensure a good fit. When you find an attractive posting, ask yourself: 'Are you qualified to do the job?' and  'Do you actually want to do this job?'

2. Narrow down your search: While it may feel like applying for lots of jobs increases your chances of getting a job - this is not necessarily the case. In fact, the research showed that people with the highest number of applications were far less likely - 39% less likely - to receive a positive response from employers. 

3. Screen and apply to each job with care: Quality is more important than quantity. Pour your energy into crafting a few high-quality applications:
  • Read the entire job description 
  • Pinpoint why it's attractive to you
  • Ensure you can demonstrate the required skills and qualifications 
  • Pay attention to the application instructions 
  • Carefully read and answer all questions on the application
  • Double-check your responses before you submit

4. Stay organized: Successful job seekers approach their search with discipline. Similar to studying for an exam or tackling a tough work assignment, set aside enough time to take your search on step by step. Organize your outreach and keep track of the status of each job application.

5. Keep a clean resume: Have a "clean" resume on hand that you can alter to fit each job application. For example, adding relevant details or emphasizing past experience to fit a specific job. Don't just start with the last resume you created for a different job.

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