Are you applying for a job but unsure where to start? or even how to change the approach that’s not just getting you noticed?. Don’t worry – applying for a job is not easy but it is a process you can own and control. Follow these tips below to increase your chances of progressing to an interview.
1. Take your time
A rushed application that’s not personalized is obvious to employers and may give the impression that you simply don’t care about getting the role. It probably makes more sense to submit five tailored, specific, well-thought-out applications that will stand out to employers than 10 generic applications that are far less likely to get you noticed. Additionally, taking your time will allow you to double-check details like the company name and the name of the person you are contacting, as well as ensure you catch any spelling or grammar errors that may have slipped through. Make sure your LinkedIn profile if you have one, is consistent with the experience(s) you are highlighting.
2. Speak their language
Make sure you know exactly what the employer is asking for with our job ad glossary and respond so that the person reading can see exactly how your skills and experience match. There are probably specific words and phrases that they use to describe their ideal candidate, so reference these in your application.
3. Sell yourself
Try writing your application in a way that focuses on the positive impact of your day-to-day work. Using verbs like ‘transformed’, ‘delivered’, ‘produced’, and ‘organized’ helps to obviously demonstrate your action and its impact.
4. Keep it relevant
While trying to include every little bit of experience you have, it is most important to grab the employer’s attention, which means putting more emphasis on skills and experience that are specifically relevant to the job. Anything in your application that doesn’t match the requirements listed in the ad should either be left out of the application or only be mentioned briefly towards the end. Once you’re done, check the length. Recruiters do read a lot of applications, so it’s important to be ruthless with text length. If you’re uncertain how to cut down your application, ask someone you trust for help.
5. Include a cover letter
A cover letter is a document that you submit alongside your CV that introduces you to the employer and gives you a chance to talk directly to them, emphasizing your enthusiasm for the organization and the role. If there is an opportunity to submit one, you should as it will add to your chances of standing out.