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Help Me Get An Interview! Brilliant Methods to Get Your Foot in the Door

Updated on August 19, 2012

You are brilliantly capable, you have an incredible personality, and everyone who knows you thinks that you are the cat's meow. There is no doubt that you are capable of getting the job done.

There's just one problem: You can't get an interview!

After hours, days, months, or maybe even years of filling out application after application, no one contacts you back. You have your references addresses memorized, you can fill out those hour long online applications in 30 minutes, and if you received a dollar for every time you sent in your resume, you wouldn't need a job anymore.

But you are discouraged... There is still no job in sight.

My friend, your time of worrying has come to an end. I am going to share with you several beautiful techniques to get yourself a job interview. It's time to stop worrying about finding a job and start enjoying life - and don't worry, the job will come. If it takes a while, realize that there are many other things you can do if you can't find a job.

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How to NOT Get a Job Interview

Whether you have been searching for a job for months, or are just starting out in the job hunt, here are some valuable things to avoid when finding a job. Following these steps will help you save time, have more fun, and not end up utterly discouraged about life.

  • Don't Apply for Jobs Online: That's right. Avoid filling out application after application online. Why is that? One report suggests that as many as 300 people apply for EACH position posted online. This means that the competition is ridiculous. You are barely a number in a list like this. Spending an hour of your time for a 1/300 chance is almost as bad of an idea as buying a lottery ticket.
  • Don't Develop a Bad Online Reputation: Nearly 85% of employers search potential candidates names online. What comes up when someone Google's you and looks at your Facebook page? If you are wondering why you cannot get that job as a concierge, maybe it is because the first thing that comes up when you are Googled is that article about you punching some guy in the face. That's not the type of person I want greeting me on vacation.
  • Don't Apply for Jobs You Don't Want: I interviewed for a position last year that I really wasn't confident I wanted. Needless to say, the interview didn't go well. Even if you get the interview, it is unlikely that you will get a job that you really are not interested in. It's not fair to yourself or your future employer to apply for a job just for the sake of applying. Choose your destiny.

One of the most annoying things to experience is someone telling you what NOT to do. And that's what I just did. Fortunately, I have no desire to be a Negative Nancy and will now provide you with what you should do to get an interview.

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Effective and Possibly Effective Ways to Get An Interview

Now that you have all this extra time on your hands since you are not filling out online applications, and since your internet reputation has been cleared up and you've decided what type of job you want, you are ready to start effectively job hunting!

Mind you, this article is not about getting the job. I'll help you get the interview, then the rest is up to you. If you have the skills and the personality for the position, than you should have a good shot at getting the position.

Here is what you can do to find that dream job - while having fun:

Network Like Crazy

While this is common sense, it must be reiterated. A large number of positions are filled by people who are already familiar with the company or employees in the company.

I have had several jobs in the last several years and every single one of them has been thanks to a recommendation from a friend. In fact, I have ended up with three short term jobs (2 months to a year) that were never even listed. I was given the position because I knew the person hiring or I had a friend who recommended me.

Hermits do not do well when hunting for jobs. If your social life is about as active as that of a sloths, then you have two options: 1) Start your own business that doesn't require interacting with people or 2) start socializing.

The people you know is what makes or breaks your success in all aspects of life - job included.

Volunteer Your Way to Success

If finding a job doesn't seem to be working for you, consider spending all that free time to volunteer. There are five great reasons to start volunteering if finding a job doesn't seem to be working out successfully:

  1. You make connections.
  2. You improve or develop your skills.
  3. You reveal that you are active and involved in society.
  4. You are benefiting others.
  5. You are providing yourself with satisfaction and meaning.

In addition to all of these benefits, you may just end up volunteering yourself into a full time job! My cousin spent several months volunteering for a group that helps North Korea refugees. After a couple of months they started providing him with a stipend. Then, about 6 months after he started working for them, they offered him a full time position.

Life isn't just about making money, it's about making a positive difference in the world while developing yourself. Volunteering is a great way to accomplish these goals.

A magazine featuring your abilities and experiences may be a humorous way to catch the eye of potential employers.
A magazine featuring your abilities and experiences may be a humorous way to catch the eye of potential employers. | Source

Create Your Own Magazine

This is actually something I considered doing when looking for graduate schools. I am sure that the same thing could work for jobs in particular fields. Create a magazine featuring you.

Take advantage of your photography, photo-editing, and writing skills and create a several page magazine entirely about you and your accomplishments. Anyone who is going through resumes and ends up with a magazine is bound to take a moment to look through it.

Not only could this help you land a job, but it would be a whole lot of fun! You would be the editor, writer, photographer, and marketer for your very own magazine.

Consider adding some of the following to your personalized resume magazine:

  • A brief biography.
  • Articles about your athletic or musical accomplishments (with photographs).
  • Stories about how you learned leadership skills while traveling or volunteering.
  • An edited photo of you shaking hands with the CEO of the company (just make it clear in the caption that it is a fake picture - say something like "a partnership between these two could change the world").
  • Positive quotes by people you know you and appreciate you.
  • A list of the top ten things that you have accomplished.

Creating a magazine would certainly take a bit of time. However, it would reveal a certain level of creativity and dedication that many potential employers would find fun and beneficial for their company.

Record a Video Resume

Made famous by Barney Stinson from the show "How I Met Your Mother", the video resume is another great opportunity to reveal creativity, dedication, and organizational skills.

Create a video promoting your skills and experiences. Send a DVD of this video to potential employers or even tag them in your video on Facebook. If the video is done well and shows a lot of talent, it may be the secret card that lands you that interview.

There Are Always Jobs

Many people struggle to find work when the economy is poor. But the truth of the matter is that there are always jobs. If you desire to work, you can find work. It may not always be your dream job, but it will give you the ability to pay your bills.

Additionally, if there just seems to be no potential for a job (or at least a position you are interested in) consider starting your own business. Recessions often provide opportunities for entrepreneurs that are not available when the economy is good. In fact, recessions often provide opportunities for a new group of people to become wealthy. Take advantage of your struggles, and you can find a way to make a living.

Go out there and start developing into the person that will succeed in the field you want to enter, then start thinking creatively when it comes to finding a job. We now live in a world where creativity and determination are far more important than simply being wiling to put in the time.

Have you discovered any other creative ways to land an interview? Share them below!

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      Thank leah! I've heard that newspaper adds are actually better than online applications (craiglist is pretty good too). As you've mentioned, there is just too much competition for too few jobs. Appreciate your comment!

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      Leah Lefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      The magazine idea is fantastic, Robert - what a creative and unique way to get your face out there! Applying for jobs online always had dismal results for my husband and me - there are simply too many candidates vying for the same position. Our positions have always been secured through networking (and a newspaper ad, in the case of our first biotech jobs).

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the article.

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      munish-rana 5 years ago

      good one keep it up !

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I am truly happy that you enjoyed the article! Ultimately it is all about who you know. you get all kinds of places when you know the right people.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Robert, these are wonderful suggestions and quite appropriate given the current job climate. I agree that networking is the key to getting meaningful interviews. There's nothing like having the inside track on jobs versus filling out hundreds of online applications. Of great interest to me was your idea to volunteer. What a great way to cultivate a network of contacts! I also love the idea of creating a resume magazine! Thanks for the tips! :)