In today’s increasingly competitive job market, you need all the help you can get to push your application ahead. The way to that all-important job offer starts with getting an interview. This will help you sell your skills and experiences in person and impress potential employers enough to hire you. An interview invitation is a crucial component of any job search process.
We talked to three recruitment experts and asked them the question every job seeker wants answered, “What does it take to get an interview?”
Sasha, Online Staffing Manager
Sasha shares that a good cover letter is the best way to get an interview. She adds that an impressive cover letter is one that highlights both the applicant’s skill and personality. As a Staffing Manager for a leading online recruitment company, Sasha admits to prioritizing candidates through referrals. She’s willing to try applicants if they’re able to impress her with their employment background depending on how they present it in the cover letter.
Ynna, HR Specialist
Ynna, on the other hand, stresses the importance of having a clean-looking resume. Not surprising, especially since she goes through hundreds of applications every day. Ynna says that a clean-looking resume is easier to read and allows her to zoom in to important details without having to read the entire content. She also reveals her preference for custom over traditional resume layout. She adds that custom resume allows applicants to focus on skills and qualifications that match the job requirements. Ynna says that this is a good strategy for applicants to use especially if there are several candidates sharing the same level of expertise and experience.
Sugar, IT Recruitment Officer
Sugar agrees with both Sasha and Ynna. She says that she looks at both the cover letter and the resume when profiling applicants for job posting. She adds that both documents are essential job application tools. A well-coordinated cover letter and resume greatly increases an applicant’s chance of being interviewed as it shows how much thought they put into creating them. Sugar shares that there is no need to put every bit of tasks one has done for different industries as it’s best to leave something for discussion during the interview.
All three agrees that the hardest part of being a recruitment officer is how to tell applicants the bad news after. Sasha shares that she prefers giving it straight and Ynna agrees. Sugar adds that she provides applicants with constructive criticisms so they can improve their competencies further, to this, Ynna and Sasha nods in agreement.
The shortest path to receiving a job offer is careful planning and thorough preparation. Job seekers should understand that a well-written cover letter and an amazing resume leads them one-step closer to being hired through an interview invitation. How you conduct yourself and what you say during the interview determines whether you get the job or not.
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