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3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Applications

When you're looking for a new job, there are standard practices and career advice that almost everyone will tell you to follow. If you have less experience than you'd like there are still plenty of ways to improve both your job searching skills and your prospects to find a great opportunity.

1.  Work on improving your skills.
According to the Central Ontario-based publication the Muskoka Region, the first thing you should do with your time - especially if you're between jobs - is to work on improving your skills. Many industries seek specific skills from their workers, and in some cases you'll find that the time you've spent in a previous job has limited you from learning more about any potential new way to improve yourself. There are plenty of ways that you can improve and expand your skills. There are a wealth of websites and videos online that can teach you the basics or advanced practices depending on your existing skill levels, many for free. Other possibilities include pursuing free or affordable educational classes at a local colleges or universities to gain new certifications or abilities. Even simply practicing a specific skill, to get yourself back up to speed, can be successful.

2.  Network and reconnect with other professionals.
Make sure you're in connection with plenty of current and former contacts, as well. Networking and reconnecting with past colleagues and coworkers can help educate you on current industry happenings, such as who’s hiring and where the big opportunities are. Even contacts outside of your specific skills can still give you valuable guidance that can boost how you approach job applications in the future. Networking events are also a great idea, as they can get you in contact with leaders and knowledgeable people who may be able to let you know how they found success. Internalising and using this information to your advantage will be extremely useful.

3.  Customize cover letters to meet listings.
Careers added that another important factor of the job search involves writing quality cover letters for each position you apply to. The writing should, most often, focus on the language used in the cover letter, but should go further. Many people make the mistake of bogging down their cover letters by basically rewriting the job listing to fit their own work histories. However, this is an all-too-common misstep. The best possible way you can improve your chances involves addressing the letter to the employer, including keywords specified in the job listing, highlighting three or four key points that the job listing advertises, and leaving things open for the next step in the process. By doing this, and avoiding the problem of parroting the searcher's information, you'll find that many hiring managers will love to bring you in for an interview.

Interview specifications
The aim of your cover letter is to get you in the door for an interview. When it comes to starting the interview process, many people will advise that you are wary and watchful of your body language, standing up straight and making the right amount of eye contact. However, there's a risk of being overbearing in the interview because of these factors, which can limit your chances just as well. In preparing for interviews, don't freak out over the small stuff. Simply dress professionally and be yourself, and you'll likely be in good shape.
At the end of the interview, you'll also need to make sure that you ask relevant questions that will reaffirm your interest in the position at hand. Make sure you listen and have some key ideas in mind before you apply, such as company culture or the responsibilities expected of you in the position, and ask one or two questions that remain up in the air by the end of the interview for best results.