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Strategies that will help you get hired faster

Applying for every job you find isn’t always a good idea. Focus your search on jobs that you’re qualified for. You’ll have a better chance of getting selected for an interview. Sending out random resumes and cover letters is just going to be a waste of time. Before you start job hunting, take the time to decide what type of job you’re seeking.

Don’t stop applying for jobs while you are waiting to hear back from an employer. Most job seekers are rejected by over 15 employers before landing a job. Learn from your mistakes and keep applying until you get the right offer.

You need a specific cover letter, or your resume may not get noticed. You only have a few seconds to impress a hiring manager enough to select you for an interview. Here’s how to match your qualifications to a job, and tips for how to write a cover letter. You don’t need to include all your experience on your resume. Some job seekers put decades of work experience on their resumes. Unfortunately, that’s not going to impress anyone.

Dress like a manager or a successful person in your profession. Maybe appearances shouldn’t matter so much, but they do. The first few minutes of an interview are when you get to make that critical first impression. Be sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the type of job and company you’re applying to. Here’s appropriate interview attire for a variety of different jobs and work environments.

Be yourself at the interview. Storytelling during a job interview is an excellent way to share your experience and skills. One way to show the employer what you’re actually like is to tell a story. Never say anything bad about a previous employer. One of the most common interview mistakes is badmouthing your boss or co-workers. The first thing the interviewer is going to think about is what you will say about their company when you’re moving on.

Networking is an essential component of successful job hunting. Most jobs are found through networking, whether it’s online or in-person. You never know who can help you find your next job unless you tell your connections that you’re looking for a job.  Here’s how to utilize your contacts at a company. References can make a big difference in getting hired. References are important, and employers check them. Get recommendations from bosses, co-workers, clients, subordinates, and suppliers. Store them on sites like LinkedIn and share them whenever possible. If you’re worried about getting a lousy reference from your supervisor, work on getting some personal references you can add to your credentials. Here’s what to do about bad references.

Polish your shoes prior to your interview. This one’s an extra, but, yes, hiring managers do look at your shoes. It’s important to look your best from head to toe!

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