During the past month, I’ve answering your questions on making career transitions and discovering what your dream career is. Every Tuesday, I’ve been on Facebook live to answer one of your questions.
Today our topic is all about how to increase your chances of getting hired. We’re talking about after the application. This comes from a question submitted by one of our CCG Network Facebook group, Erin Ford. She asked:
What are steps I can take after applying to a job online? Whether it’s via a job board or the company’s website, what are ways in which I can increase my chances of having my application seen/considered?
Great question! Firstly, I want you to remember that people are extremely busy.
I know this first hand because people are applying to work even at our company and sometimes I can get too busy to even respond. One of our interns, Raven, applied for a position at CCG and had she not followed up I might not have hired her.
We had talked on the phone and she submitted her application when we weren’t as busy. All of the sudden, our business got super swamped for about two to three weeks and I literally could not focus on anything else. I was not going to hire anyone when our business was super so swamped. Every week she continued to follow up with me and send me an email and check in.
I noticed her in our Facebook group and following us on social media, too! Every time I saw her name pop up, it was another bell of, “She really wants this job, I need to get back to her. I’m super swamped right now, but when things calm down a bit I’m going to reach back out to her and hire her.”
I hope you see how following up can increase your chances of being hired. Along with that, I want to share 4 tips with you that can increase your chances of being hired tenfold.
After the Application: How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired
1. Follow Up!
One of the first ways to increase your chances of getting hired is to follow up!
People are busy and you want to make sure that they don’t forget about you. A member of our CCG Network, Ashley Nicole Hammond, actually shared a story about what happened after she submitted her application:
I submitted an application online and the company I applied for said that my application/interest was received and that if my qualities matched what they were looking for that within two weeks they would be in contact with me. A week went by and I didn’t hear anything, so I called to follow up and got an interview this way and interviewed the same week and landed a second interview for the same position right after. This helped me.