Make Your Job Application Stand Out

 

The job market is very competitive these days. There are usually a large number of applicants for any one job, so employers or recruitment consultants have to look at a lot of applications in a short period of time. It’s vital your application stands out and here are five tips to improve your chances of getting the job.

 

1. Do your research
You want to find out as much as you can about the company, not just the job, and use this knowledge to tailor your application to your own experience. You can contact the company or the recruitment agency to ask questions to enable you to understand the job better. This can also assist in getting your name recognised when they are reading the applications, and this could help you stand out from the pile.

 

2. Tailor your resume and cover letter

Although it is more time consuming, it is worth changing your resume and cover letter for each specific job application to make sure you address the most relevant skills, abilities and experience they are seeking. You want to ensure you do the following when writing your resume and cover letter:

 

  • Keep your personal information short
  • Address each item in the selection criteria with specific examples
  • Include relevant achievements and responsibilities
  • Give a good overview of your skill set, showcasing your personal interests and non-work related activities
  • Add personality but not gimmicks (coloured or scented paper is not necessary and neither is funky fonts)
  • Be concise
  • Avoid poor spelling and grammatical errors
  • Make sure the application is addressed to the right person
  • Follow the instructions provided in the job advertisement as it does show your attention to detail
  • Get your application in by the due date

 

3. Stand Out in Your Interview

It’s important you prepare for the interview thoroughly so you can really impress them in person. This starts with getting a list of questions ready!

 

4. Make your online presence meaningful

In this day and age, you want to make sure your online presence isn’t going to be harmful to your chances of landing a job. But more importantly, you want to use your digital footprint to showcase your talents and expertise as well as put your best foot forward – your social media should be used strategically for your job search! It’s also important to show your knowledge by engaging in LinkedIn groups that are important in your industry. Not all employers might be in the group but they might do a search when making their choice.

 

5. Get Feedback

Even if you don’t get the job, it’s a good idea to follow up and obtain feedback you can use to improve your future applications.

 

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