37 applications and no interviews or job offers?! Something is wrong.
What do you do after putting in an application? There are more people looking for jobs than there are jobs available. If all you are doing is filling out an application and dropping it off and waiting for them to call you; you won't find a job that way. Gone are the days where there were 3 applicants per job. Now there are hundreds and as someone who at one time had to hire people, I can tell you that it's a chore to wade through all of those applications and the interviews and jobs most often go to those who express eagerness and seek me out instead of sitting around with a 'wait and see' attitude.
Some tips to looking for a job:
1. Make sure you have a good resume. Not only one that lists your skills and abilities, but also one that sells your skills and ability and also lists your goals and ambitions where your career is concerned. Also try and keep it to one page. Employers don't have time to wade through a 5 page resume. So leave out that news paper route you had when you were 10 years old
2. Attach a hand written
, personalized cover letter with each application. Don't type out and print out a form cover letter and sign it. Make sure it's hand written
and individualized for each company.
Here is a link that explains what a good cover letter is and how it can help you nail that job.http://www.amazing-cover-letters.com...ver_letter.htm
3. Don't just stop at having put in an application. Follow up on that application. Call back in a couple of days and ask if they have reviewed your application. Thank them for their time and let them know that you look forward to hearing from them.
If you don't hear from them in a couple of days, call again. Don't be pushy and don't tell them you really need the job. Just inquire about the status of your application and tell them that you are eager to interview with them. Again, thank them for their time.
4. When you interview, indicate your eagerness to work with their company. Tell them why you would like to work with their company. Needing a job is not a good reason to give them
Do some research and find out something about the company and tell them what it is that you like about their company IE: room for advancement, assistance in career training etc. etc. This will impress them that you actually made some effort and put in some time, and they are more likely to do the same. They want to invest in someone who is going to stay there and show a willingness to help the company grow through the benefit of their skills.
Sell yourself! Not just your skills and abilities, but also your attitude and your personality. Be positive without sounding pompous about your skills and abilities and how you feel you would be a great asset to the company.
During the interview sit up tall and straight. Don't cross your arms, don't fidget, don't slouch. Maintain eye contact without staring. Be honest. Take some time to consider your response before you give your answer. It's easy to stick your foot in your mouth when you are nervous. Taking time to think about your reply for a few seconds will prevent you from doing that. Just don't sit there for 5 minutes contimplating each answer
Ask them questions too! Interviewing is a two way street.
At the end of the interview thank them for having taken the time to meet with you. Let them know that you feel very positive about the job and that you are confident that you would be a great asset for their company. Then stand up and extend your right hand to shake their hand. A solid firm gripped hand shake, not one of those girly ones where you are afraid to touch their hands for fear of getting cooties!
You are not done yet!
5. Call back the next day and speak to the person who interviewed you. Thank them again for having taken the time to meet with you. Tell them how much you enjoyed your interview and that you found it to be a very positive experience. Let them know that you are confident that you are the right person for the job. Ask them when they will be making a decision.
Job hunting is a rat race these days. And you have to put in huge amounts of time and effort in order to stand out above the crowd.
I'm pretty good at writing up resume's and cover letters. In fact when I did mine after graduating nursing school, the person hiring me at the hospital indicated that he was very impressed with my resume and that it was the best one that he had ever seen. He even asked if he could keep a copy of it as an example.
So if you want some help with your resume and a cover letter that you can individualize, send me a PM and I'll be happy to help you.
With 37 applications submitted, you should have gotten at least 20 interviews and 10 job offers. So let's see if we can fix that for you