Trying to find a job can be frustrating, especially when you're just starting out. It's not unusual to send out resume after resume and go on interviews, then not get an offer. We spoke with Molly Fletcher, CEO of an eponymous professional training and coaching company and author of "The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career," on how to nail the job.
She suggests these three additional steps to stand out from the pack.
Share specific examples. Anybody can go to an interview and talk about how perfect they are for the role and how much they want the job. When you're competing with a group of candidates, all of whom are very qualified, sharing examples of specific experiences you've had that relate to the role at the company will give you an edge. "Instead of saying 'I work really hard' or 'I'm really passionate' ... identify real life stories about things in your life that you've done that are examples of that," said Fletcher.
This helps to reinforce the attributes that you've listed on your resume or cover letter, and provides evidence of how you've applied those skills that allows a recruiter to envision how they could apply directly to the job. It also allows an interviewer to connect with you personally rather than relying on your resume. After all, as Fletcher notes, they are hiring you ... not a sheet of paper.