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Improve your Chances when Applying for a Job

Want to stand out from the crowd of applicants and improve your chances of being short-listed for a job? Then take note of the following Dos and Don’ts gained from our experiences as a recruitment agency. DO: Read the advert and ensure that you meet at least the minimum criteria. If you don’t meet the non-negotiable criteria you’ll not be considered and are simply wasting your – and the recruiter’s time. Tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. Ensure that you’ve clearly highlighted the areas in which you meet (and ideally exceed) the requirements established in the job 

Want to stand out from the crowd of applicants and improve your chances of being short-listed for a job? Then take note of the following Dos and Don’ts gained from our experiences as a recruitment agency.

DO:

  • Read the advert and ensure that you meet at least the minimum criteria. If you don’t meet the non-negotiable criteria you’ll not be considered and are simply wasting your – and the recruiter’s time.
  • Tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. Ensure that you’ve clearly highlighted the areas in which you meet (and ideally exceed) the requirements established in the job advert. Make it easy for the recruiter to see why they should call you in for an interview.
  • Write a targeted cover letter. Whilst you might have some generic things you’ll use as a framework, each application should have a unique cover letter that specifically highlights your interest in, qualification for and outlines the experience you have for the job you’re applying for.
  • Call and follow up. No doubt the recruiter will be receiving hundreds of responses and your application may now just be in the middle of a pile. Give them a day or two and then call to politely introduce yourself and determine whether they received your application.

DON’T:

  • Lie or inflate your CV. You will be caught out! Recruiters conduct a range of verifications, in addition to their interview, and lying will always be an immediate disqualifier, even if you think you’ve got a justifiable reason.
  • Over-do the design. Recruiters really want to see the most important information and will not be swayed by designs, borders, pictures (especially clip art). Rather keep things simple with an easy-to-read font, simple layout and only the most relevant information.
  • Harass the recruiter. The suggestion to call and follow up does not extend to what might be construed as harassment. Accept that the recruiter is likely managing a large volume of applications and that you may not be the most suitable. If you are not suitable for this role, find out whether you’re able to be added to their database for future positions more suited to your level of qualification, experience and skill.

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