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Ask a Career Coach: How to Land an Interview?

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Whatever part of the career journy your'e on, never be complacent. You are as much of a business as the company that chooses to hire you. You are effectively offering a service, but if you don’t package your proposition correctly, you’ll not get a first-look, never mind a second. The competition for a career is fierce, but that really needn’t be a barrier. You can easily capitalise on the weaknesses of others in the any sector.

Landing an interview can be a challenge, but with the right approach you can increase your chances of success. A career coach can help you to be more marketable, and commit to presenting you in the best possible light; but there’s only so much that a career coach can do. The rest is up to you. Here are some pointers to get your job and career started.

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Before you do anything

The first step is to have a plan. The fist step is to do your research, know what you want and be able to articulate this in a clear and concise way. Do not just wing it or go with the flow as this rarely leads to anything other than wasted time and opportunity.

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  • Define your career goals and aspirations

  • Identify which roles are right for you

  • Make a list of your skills and sub-skills

  • Think of three things that make you stand out from your nearest rival

  • Don’t underestimate the things you’ve learned in other industries – much of it could be useful in the career sector.

  • Be disciplined and set a target number of job applications within a strict time limit

  • Repeatedly tell yourself that you will get the career that you deserve

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Write a killer Career CV

You have about 5 – 10 seconds to make a great first impression. Your career CV is a complete representation of you and must never be underestimated. Get it right, and it becomes a skeleton key, unlocking every door to the roles that are best suited to you. Remember, its purpose is you get you an interview. We’ll help you with the layout and show you some examples that are proven to work. Don’t rely on spell-checker; always get someone else to proof read your work.

  • Write a succinct opening profile statement that highlights your key-skills and future goals

  • Include all relevant industry qualifications and certificates

  • Highlight your USPs (unique selling points)

  • Keep it to two pages

  • Take your time – you only get one shot

  • Sweat the grammar and punctuation – nobody likes sloppiness

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The interview

Remember, an interview is a two-way street. But that doesn’t mean that you have to be overly assertive. Show an interest in the company and make sure you do your research. Find nuances about the company that you can talk about. Ask them what their goals are for the future, and tell them how you can become instrumental in making them happen.

  • Research your potential employer

  • Find out everything you can about the role

  • Think how you can add value to the company that’s hiring

  • Be confident – your CV should have already done most of the work

  • Relax – enjoy the experience

  • Make it conversational

  • Think how you can demonstrate your ability to do the job – give examples

  • Dress appropriately

  • Arrive 5 – 10 minutes early

  • Remember at least three questions to ask – just in case you get stuck

  • Be enthusiastic – but don’t look desperate

  • Never bluff, be honest if you don’t know something – it’s an opportunity to ask more questions

  • Don’t ask questions about money and holidays – you should already know

  • Take spare copies of your CV

Landing an interview can be tricky, but with the right approach, you can make it happen. In this article, we’ve outlined some tips to help you get started. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to landing that dream job interview in no time!

Want to get your resume into tip-top shape so you can quickly apply to jobs? Click here to get your CV reviewed. Also, click here for your Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Answers. And good luck – I know you’ll do great!


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