Looking for a job in the current market can feel like a hopeless task. Although some areas of the job economy are fairly strong, it can feel difficult to square that off with an unsuccessful job search that never seems to yield results. No matter how many places you apply to, how often you tweak your CV, or how effortlessly you answer interview questions, you always seem to get the same dreaded response: “there was someone else with more experience than you”.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. There are lots of ways you can supercharge your job search and keep yourself feeling positive through even the most severe employment drought. Through a mixture of a healthy attitude, perseverance, and a little luck, you can break through the barrier and find the perfect job for you. Some of the onus is on you, but some of it is on the companies you’re applying to as well. Here are 8 things you can do to help your chances in your job search.

  1. Square off your credit score

While many employers won’t check your credit score, there are certainly some that will. They won’t get the score itself, but they will get a lot of the information that goes into creating the credit score. If they don’t like what they see, that might negatively impact your chances of getting a job. Unreliability and an inability to pay debts in a timely fashion can lead to a lack of faith in a candidate. It’s worth fixing up your credit score before or while applying for jobs if you can. One of the best ways you can do this is to look into bad credit personal loans. They’ll give you an extra bit of cash in your pocket and help you settle a bad credit score, too.

  1. Fix up your CV

The average employer will spend only 6 seconds looking at your CV before they decide whether you’re worthy of the position or not. In this time, your CV will need to grab their attention in a way that screams “I’m worthy”. There are lots of ways you can make your CV more eye-catching for employers. Tailor each CV to the job you’re applying for. Use keywords to let employers know you’re eager to work. Don’t overdesign, but don’t underdesign either. Keep it short but sweet. The perfect CV takes all of these things into account.

  1. Don’t just apply online

It’s tempting to believe that everything has moved online now, so that must include the job application process. While that’s certainly true, it’s still definitely worth taking your CV into brick-and-mortar establishments, especially for certain jobs. Nothing demonstrates an eager attitude towards work better than physically appearing at the place and handing over your CV in person. Online applications are great for expediency, but they can feel very impersonal. A face-to-face application can leave a lasting impression.

  1. Don’t be controversial on social media

If you’re someone who speaks their mind on social media, that’s great – it’s a good thing to have strong opinions and to debate them with friends. However, your prospective employer may take a different stance, especially if you’re looking into work that involves customer-facing duties. It pays not to spread your divisive opinions on social media, because these are publicly available pages that your employer can look at. If they think you’re too much of a risk, they may decide not to hire you solely based on your social media history.

  1. Be selective

It’s definitely not a good idea to literally apply for every single job you see. You might feel desperate enough in the moment to believe that you’ll take anything, but the truth is that you don’t want to do that. An employer will be able to tell immediately if you’re not passionate about the job, or if you’re not at the very least committed to doing it properly. As such, try to choose jobs you’re qualified for and focus on applying for those. The application process will go more smoothly and you’ll find employment more quickly this way.

  1. Don’t overly rehearse interviews

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for many people applying for jobs is the interview itself. We’ve seen people tying themselves in knots wondering how they should approach the interview – what the interviewer is looking for, how they should answer questions, et cetera. It really doesn’t pay to over-rehearse interviews, because your prospective employers will notice your nervousness. The more “yourself” you can act, the more you’ll come across as calm, relaxed, and chill. These are the qualities interviewers want to see in you. If you approach interviews in a straightforward, confident way, you’ll be more likely to get the job.

  1. Don’t just go in blind

Of course, just because you shouldn’t overly rehearse interviews doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do any prep at all. It’ll be a massive red flag to employers if you don’t know what it is they do or why. Before you go in, make sure you’re prepared and have done your research. What is this company? What do they make, sell, or provide? In what way would you contribute to their values, and what do you hope to gain by working there? What’s your career trajectory and where does this company fit in with that? All of these things are considerations you should take into account before the actual interview itself.

  1. Get your references sorted

One of the first things an employer will ask you for if you do manage to land an interview is your references. This can be anyone with a degree of authority who’s worked with you in the past, including university lecturers, volunteer co-ordinators and community leaders. There are some right and wrong answers here, so make sure you’re not going in with inappropriate or incorrect references. If you manage to make yourself look like an upstanding, reliable, and dependable individual, your references will seal the deal and hopefully land you that job.