*This is a collaborative post.

If you are looking for work, you might well be struggling to land anything fast. The truth is that this is just in the nature of the world of work at the moment. Everywhere and every job seems to be highly competitive, and it is often extremely difficult trying to get noticed above the rest.

Nonetheless, there are always steps you can take if you want to improve your chances of landing any job, and it’s worth focusing on what those are firstly. As it happens, there are three things that many job candidates often struggle with above all else. If you can master these three, you are well on your way to landing the job of your dreams.

Resume

This is often the first port of call and will be a main determining factor in whether or not you get called in for an interview. Many people have a lot of trouble when it comes to the time to write a resume. But you will need to try and master it if you really want to have a good chance of getting the job you are applying for. There are a number of common mistakes to watch out for here.

For a start, you should try to avoid writing in non-flattering tones. The whole idea is to advertise yourself, and you shouldn’t be afraid to gloat a little. You might also benefit from paying attention to how it actually looks. Having a border and making the whole thing neat are two important steps towards getting the look right.

Interview

Most people get nervous before interviews, so if you are one of those people, don’t worry – you are not alone. Interviews can be nerve-wracking simply because you don’t know how it is going to go and you are being put on the spot somewhat. But as with most things in life, the way to make sure you make the most of it is to simply get a lot of practice in.

Practicing for interviews is easier than you think; you can get a friend to help you with the questions, or you can simply practice alone. There are many skills involved, so you will want to practice everything from public speaking to presentation. Get the interview right, and you will be put straight to the top of the pile.

Seeking Information

Something that is likely to be important is if you find out as much about the potential roles as possible. This ensures that you can actually find yourself in the right position – something that is important to absolutely everyone.

But so many people do not really know the right questions to ask, and it can be hard to find out everything that might be important. Don’t be afraid to seek the information you need, and make sure that you are certain on what the role entails before you actually go for it. This will be much better for you in the long run.

What do you struggle with as a job candidate? Or are you looking out for a new opportunity and finding it difficult? I love it when I hear back from you, so leave a comment below and I’ll be more than willing to help as much as I can.

*This is a collaborative post.