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Proven Methods to Getting Hired Today

Rejection sucks, plain and simple.

Before I got my current internship at NatureBox, I experienced my fair share of let downs for opportunities I believed I was perfect for and it is tough not to feel hurt that the employer just did not feel so.

However, there is a misconception that this process is just a numbers game and that if you apply to a hundred positions, you will get at least a couple interviews. Stop wasting your time, and instead, it’s time to make a strategy.

1. Connections

New research has shown that 85% of people have received their job through connections or networking.

Mindlessly submitting your application online is no longer a valid option. Make it a point to get out of your comfort zone and go to events where you can meet people in your desired industry. Get their contact information and make sure to follow-up with a thank you email and stay in touch.

2. Right Fit

When desperation hits, there is a strong temptation to just apply to every position available in companies that interest you, after all, sending over a resume is quick and easy. However, that time should be spent tailoring your resume to each position. Prioritize, you cannot possibly apply to everything without sacrificing quality.

It is essential to look at the descriptions of the positions you are interested in. The company is telling you exactly what they are looking for. Based on the description, you can frame the bullet points on your resume in a way that caters precisely to their needs. For example, if their top priority is growth, a bullet point may be phrased as “Led development of new market to increase client base from 800 to 2,000 customers”.

3. LOTS of Practice and Preparation

Although sending out a high quantity of resumes is not a skill, developing a refined pitch for employers is crucial. Be so familiar with your resume that you are prepared to describe any small detail.

Research common and challenging interview questions and make sure you are ready for every possibility. By preparing for all the potential difficulties that might occur in the application process, you will project a confident and relaxed demeanor that will impress your potential employer.

4. Working Backwards

Rejection is frequently caused by applying to positions that require more experience than you have. To overcome this hurdle, start by working backward. Look at job listings for your dream position and note the experience required. Consider deeply about what you can do to meet the experience criteria and if not, what you can do to stand out in other ways. Certifications can be an excellent way to validate your ability.

5. Never Let Fear of Failure Get in Your Qay

It’s easy to give up after one too many rejections and pick a job that is beneath your experience. Never sell yourself short, millions of people get rejected each day, and your perseverance is what separates you from the rest of the pack.

6. Making Each Failure Productive

Ask for feedback amidst every failure or success. Most employers or hiring managers are happy to provide suggestions if you ask nicely and even respect your commitment to improvement. This is a prime opportunity to receive advice from an industry professional and will allow you to overcome a weakness before your next application.

7. Respect Your Ability

There are times to be humble, but this is not one of them. Speak confidently on what you do well and do not hold back in fear of sounding narcissistic. You are your advertisement, and there is nothing wrong with confidence. However, note that there is a thin line between confident and cocky. Talk to your strong suit when the opportunity arises, but do not push your superiority or speak negatively of others.

At the end of the day, don’t sweat it. The job search is all about finding the right fit, and if you follow these steps, you can be certain that rejection is simply a sign that the job you applied for was not a good fit and the right position is still out there.

After all, the application process should be a two-way street. This is your opportunity to ask questions and figure out whether this role will allow you to grow in the direction you desire. Take it easy; you are in no rush. As you would not jump into marriage, consider carefully and do not hurry into a career decision as an unfortunate turn can impact your career permanently.