Nov 07, 2016 02:27 AM EST

Job Hunting 101: How to Boost Your Chances of Getting a Job

With the US labor force about to see better job opportunities in the coming months, the need to take advantage of this is becoming more evident and inevitable. Opening up the job market for Americans looking for work.

The strength of the current US economy is fuelled by the availability of jobs for marketable individuals, with the 161,000 jobs made available for the taking plus the projected additional employment opportunities of almost 50,000 more before the end of this year. It may be just a .1% uptick from the previous month's data on unemployment but the job offerings are a sure breath of fresh air.

But getting these jobs out in the open is one thing and actually landing a job is another. So, stop elbowing your way to the front of the employment line and get ahead of your job hunting game. Competition may sometimes be a bit stiff, but once you know how to work your way around, then you can stand the chance of clinching a post.

Preparing and presenting your resume is critical. Make sure to be concise by specifying your relevant skill-sets for the job. Be honest yet straightforward and make sure to check for grammatical errors. An error-free resume speaks volumes about your work attitude and attention to detail, but make sure to keep it short by not exceeding more than two pages.

Conduct practice interviews. Anticipate common questions that are likely to be asked by interviewers. This helps build your confidence and allow you to develop your interaction skills. You can also ask for assistance for a mock interview with a professional recruiter or human resource specialist who may be able to help with your mock interview or even help you polish your interview performance.

Develop and improve your craft. Always keep yourself up to date with the latest trends and information related to your skills as this can an asset to help you land your job. It pays to know what you do and make sure that you are good at it. Not only will it let you be more confident in imparting your skills, but it can serve to convince your potential employers that you are the right fit for the job.

Take rejection as a challenge, not a setback. Always keep an open mind about the results of your interview, whether favorable or not. Rejection does not mean you are a failure, but a challenge to let you do better on your next round of interviews. Recruitment specialists and interviewers often provide their feedback regarding the outcome of the interviews, so make the most out of those feedback sessions to help you improve in your next steps.

Knowing what to do and arming yourself for job hunting can truly help you boost your chances of getting a job in no time. Stay tuned to Jobs & Hire for more tips.

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