The job search process is never easy, but it can be made easier if you make sure that you take all the right steps.Here are 5 things you can't skip !
If you are a new jobseeker, you are probably overwhelmed by the vast amount of information available on how to get a job. But, the only tip you really need to win the job search game is to trust your gut. Always do whatever feels right to you, no matter what you read online, or what people tell you as no one understands your circumstances better than you.
Having said that, it’s also important to understand that hiring managers expect certain things when they receive a job application. Due to the vast number of job applications they receive for every vacancy and their limited time, hiring managers rush through CVs and cover letters, and if they don’t think that a jobseeker has put the right amount of effort into a job application, they’ll throw it away. This is why it’s important to ensure that your job application includes everything a hiring manager wants.
Of course, preparing a job application and making sure it’s perfect can be time-consuming, especially if you’re planning on applying for many jobs, but it’s worth the trouble. The time you’ll spend researching and preparing your job application will guarantee results as a hiring manager is unlikely to throw away a job application that uses the same language and the same set of skills and qualifications as the job description. It will also help you prepare for the job interview which in its turn will increase your chances of getting the job, so rather than cutting back on the amount of time you dedicate to each job application it’s better to cut back on the number of job applications you sent.
It’s better only to apply for jobs you really want as your enthusiasm will come out in the job application and you know that hiring managers always look for enthusiastic job seekers. Also, only applying for jobs you really want can help you in the long run as it can help you land your dream job.
So before sending in your CV to a job you think might be suitable for you, research the company and read through the job description in detail. Is it really a good opportunity for you? And if it is, keep on researching to ensure that yours will be the best job application they receive.
The first step you should take is to understand that the job application process is not just about sending your CV, it’s a longer process during which you need to be patient as well as professional. So here are the five things you shouldn’t skip on your next job application.
1. Make Sure to Customize Your CV
Many job seekers write a generic CV which they then send to every job they apply for, but this is the biggest mistake you can make during your job search.
Hiring managers are looking for an individual that will be a perfect fit for the job and it’s important that your CV explicitly details how you are the perfect fit for the job. Keep in mind that hiring managers receive hundreds of job applications for every job so they are highly unlikely to take the time to search through your CV to find if you’d be a good fit. To ensure that your job application won’t get thrown out, you need to make it easy for them to understand how you’d be an ideal candidate for the job.
So, focus on including the same skills as those requested and make sure that you prioritise them in a similar manner as the hiring manager will take note of that. Also, make sure that you use the same language and that you also make every experience relevant to the skills they require.
The key to a customised CV is to ensure that it’s clear why you’re applying, and this can only be done if your CV focuses on how and why you’d be great at this job.
On that note, check out our CV structure guide and learn what it needs to include.
2. Make Sure to Personalize Your Job Application
According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, roughly 84 percent of job applicants don’t bother finding out the name of the hiring manager and don’t personalise their job application. But, it’s important that you don’t skip this step as it can help build rapport as well as show the hiring manager that you’re excited about the job.
The reason why so many people never bother personalising their job applications is that they fail to understand how this will help them get the job, but from the hiring manager’s perspective this shows laziness and sloppiness.
By personalising your job application, you are showing that you’ve invested time getting to know the company which indicates that you’re genuinely interested in the job opportunity.
3. Make Sure to Include a Cover Letter
A mistake that many job seekers make is that they don’t include a cover letter in their application. But, you should always include one as the hiring manager might be expecting it and might consider your job application incomplete without one.
But, that’s not the only reason why you should include a cover letter with your job application, you should also be including them because they can benefit you.
Cover letters provide an opportunity to introduce yourself and highlight your experience in more detail. So, they can help convince a hiring manager who’s reluctant to meet you in person.
4. Make Sure to Follow Up
The truth is that nobody wants to sound pushy when applying for a job but following up doesn’t mean that you are pushy. It just shows that you are genuinely interested in the job.
So if you’ve applied for a job, believe that you’ve got everything they need and that you should be called in for the interview don’t be shy and follow up.
Often a quick email will do the trick; it will remind the hiring manager who you are, and get you noticed. There’s a good chance that if your job application got misplaced or the hiring manager wasn’t too sure about your job application, a follow up will either help remind them who you are or help them make a decision in your favour. And given that follow-ups are not time-consuming, it is worth your time sending one.
5. Make Sure to Send a Thank you Note
The job interview is a long process, and you should ensure that you learn anything and everything you can to prepare for it:
- The 20 Most Common Job Interview Questions and Best Answers
- The Different Types of Interview Style That You Need to be Aware Of
However, just as important as preparing for the job interview is, it’s equally important to send a thank you note after the job interview. Most hiring managers expect some kind of note or email so you don’t want to fail by not sending one.
You can also use it to restate briefly why you’d be a good fit for the company, and this can help enhance your rapport with the hiring manager.
As a jobseeker, you need to show the hiring manager that you can handle the job application process with professionalism, and including these five things can help you achieve this.
Do you have any other advice on what you shouldn’t skip on a job application? Let us know in the comment section below.