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Struggling to get an interview: Going the extra mile

To get that perfect job, much like most achievements, you have to go the extra mile to make those dreams real. When job hunting, you will be far more successful if you have something to show-off to employers, and doing that little bit extra to get noticed is certainly worth it.

Employers aren’t just looking interviewsignfor the right qualification and previous experience, they are also looking out for those that have obviously gone out their way to try and get a job interview, whilst also having certain attributes that put them aside from the rest. This can be applied in any industry, whether you’re applying for jobs in finance or Specialist Earthstaff jobs.

There are many qualities everyone needs to effectively get a new occupation and keep in mind this is even before you’ve got an interview, never mind a job offer from a potential employer.

Applying whether they’re advertising or not

  • Applying for jobs that are advertised is the obvious thing to do, but if you’re struggling to get anywhere with such a method, look to companies that you’d love to work for and send in a prospective C.V, whether they’re advertising or not.

  • Most companies will check over the C.Vs that come through via email or the post, so the ones that they are impressed by might just be passed onto the boss, and the fact that you’ve applied without an advertised job shows pro-activity.

  • Even just sending over a letter of interest in the company and a talking a bit about yourself and what you hope to achieve can also catch the eye of many potential employers.

Show some knowledge

  • One way to impress a potential employer is to show knowledge about their business. Showing understanding about the industry or the specific facility you’re applying to within your C.V or covering letter will likely make you stick out among most of the applicants.

Get social

  • Social media is one element that has helped people all over achieve certain goals and job hunting can be regarded as one of these. Using either Facebook or Twitter, for example, you can talk about the industry and discuss it with other people on the net to show that you’re passionate about the subject, as well as knowledgeable.

  • Make sure to mention such activity on your covering letter and possibly make a point of showing it during an interview.

Be accessible

  • Making yourself available when job hunting is imperative, as getting an interview will be pretty hard to come by if you keep having to schedule them at awkward times. If unemployed, this shouldn’t be too hard to arrange, but if you’re currently employed, make sure you may have to book time off for interviews, so make sure you can have plenty of notice to give when arranging interviews.

  • Not necessarily a do-or-die quality, but one that can be quite important is being able to drive and even having access to your own car if possible. Not only will this allow you to get to interviews with ease, but it will also make your potential boss more comfortable about hiring you if they know you don’t have to get two trains or an hour long bus ride to work every morning.

About the author: Sam writes for Earthstaff who offer recruitment in oil jobs and offshore wind jobs all around the world. Click here to find out more.

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