By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Great Resumes Fast Contributor
Not since the Great Depression has finding work been more difficult. But if there’s a job that you really want, you shouldn’t give up hope. There are a number of ways to make yourself more employable and to target the job you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s a basic guide to landing not only an interview but also to securing the perfect job:
Fixing Your Resume
Before you can even think about interviews and job applications you must update your resume. All qualifications and skill sets must be perceived as relevant to the job you are attempting to obtain. It’s never appropriate to lie in a resume, but hyperbole is essential in making yourself sound employable.
Volunteering and Experience
If you feel that your resume does not contain enough work experience for you to procure the job that you desire, volunteering at a company or place of work relevant to the job you are targeting is recommended. Volunteering is an ideal way to gain experience without having to apply for numerous jobs.
With your resume sorted—and significant experience under your belt—you’re now ready for an interview. As you’ve probably heard many times before, you can only make a first impression once, so take care that your appearance is appropriate. When choosing an outfit, keep in mind that you must appear in appropriate and professional attire, but do not dress over the top; your attire must display character as well as self-discipline.