What is written in your application isn’t the only thing important when applying for a job, but also how you present your application is very important. In order to receive more calls for interviews, you want to make sure that your application is properly written because if it is not the employer may not give your application consideration. Let’s begin with writing a good application.
How to write a good application
- Write an engaging first paragraph.
- State where you found the position to which you are applying.
- Explain why hiring you will benefit the employer.
- Briefly summarize your strengths, qualifications, and experience.
- Paint a picture of yourself that’s not on your resume.
When submitting your application online:
- Thoroughly read the job descriptions: take time to understand exactly what the company expects from applicants for jobs that interest you.
- Don’t ignore the detailed description of what the job entails. Doing so many cost you an interview.
- Don’t just attach your CV and cover letter in the body of the email and send it off. Take a minute to introduce yourself in the body of the email and don’t leave the subject line empty!
- Create an original cover letter. If the company asks for a cover letter, be sure to include one. Make sure to write one specific to your accomplishments and skills and one that addresses the job description properly. Go a step further and mention how you will use that knowledge and those skills on the job.
- Identify keywords and tailor your resume. Take your time and look over your resume. Find the keyword in the job description and make sure you indicate how your accomplishments address those requirements.
- Make sure your responses are on target and error free. With paper applications, poorly written submissions can be tossed in the bin. Always triple-check your content for spelling, content, and grammar.
- Fill out all fields within the application process. By filling out every field, you are not just giving information that could make you stand out from the competition, but also demonstrating your interest and desire for the job.
- Clean up your public social media profile. Businesses are beginning to take an active interest in employees social media profile postings. Make sure you don’t have public images or content that would distract, or worse yet discourage employers from hiring you.
Review all the information written in the application before submitting. Before hitting the submit button, take a final glance at the content you have provided. Keep in mind that once you hit that button your information is sent to the employer, directly. First impressions are important, so make the best one possible when you apply.
How to follow up in person after applying for a job:
- Dress smartly for the position.
- Be considerate. Chances are you will not be the only person to be interviewed. Don’t arrive late as you may throw off the interviewer’s schedule and they may refuse to see you.
- Be prepared: walk with your Curriculum Vitae, references, and any other pertinent documents that may put you in a favorable light.
Good luck with your job search!