Landing a job is tough. Landing an interview seems even tougher. With all the competition on the market, we want to share our top three tips to make sure that you’re putting your best foot forward, can stand out and land the interview.

Step 1: Tailor Your Resume

Now, we’re not saying you have to make a completely custom, branded resume to send for each and every job you apply for. Although that would stand out, and there are plenty of case studies to prove this could work, the fact is a lot of us simply don’t have the time. So, tailor your resume, but keep it simple. Before you submit your application, jujj your previous job descriptions to highlight the key skills and experiences that tie into the job posting. If this job is looking for someone who has proven success in growing a social media following and you’ve done that, be sure to call that out in the resume. If the job posting is looking for someone who has experience in a specific software or specific skillset and you fit that description, highlight those key words on your resume. This will make it easy for a recruiter, HR coordinator or even a software application to see that you’re the right fit.

Step 2: Don’t Be Afraid to Make Connections

It can be intimidating to ask for help. But in this day and age, connections matter, and most people are more than willing to help you make those connections If the shoe fits. Before applying to a position, see if you have any first or second connections with someone who works at the company currently. It’s a small world, and you’ll find that it may be even smaller than you think. If there’s someone you feel comfortable connecting with, send them a message and let them know you’re applying. They may be able to offer insight into the interview process, words of advice or maybe even a referral.

Step 3: Reach out to recruiters (us!)

As recruiters, we’re on your team. We win, when you win. When you get that offer you’ve been hoping for, that’s when we succeed. It can be intimidating to find a recruiter that’s a good match for you and your industry, but it never hurts to reach out. Recruiters are advocates for you. If there’s a position that you’re a good fit for, finding the recruiter working that position can get your foot just a little bit deeper in the door than you might be able to on your own. And if that job isn’t a good fit, they’ll always keep their eyes open for positions that are.

What are some of your tips for landing a job interview? We want to hear! Share your experiences with us in the comment section.