Applying for hundreds of jobs and never getting an interview? Tired of blending in with the hundreds of thousands of other, equally experienced jobseekers in your area? Having worked with a range of people over the years to assist them into work, there are two common factors that are evident when a client is not successful in gaining the job they have applied for. Assuming you’re applying for suitable opportunities, here are my top 3 tips for getting noticed by employers.
1 – Tailor your application
Don’t get caught out by writing a general cover letter and resume. Whilst this can work, a surefire way to stand out in the crowd (which is a big one, trust me) is to tailor both of these things to the job advertisement. A resume should cover all of the skills requested in the job ad whilst also using the exact wording. This shows the effort and dedication put into the application process.
2 – Keep it simple
Don’t add too much detail to your resume! Did you write a major, successful business plan? Great, pop that on your resume but then move on. Leave it open for discussion at a later date. Having a resume/cover letter that is too lengthy can be off putting when going through the shortlisting process. Plus, if you give away all information in your application what will you talk about at your interview?
3 – Follow up
So you’ve just updated your cover letter and resume and submitted the application. Nothing more you can do right? Wrong. In the days following your submission, give the company a call if you can! Try using something like this:
Hi (name of person who answered the phone) my name is (your name), how are you today? I’m calling to follow up regarding a recruitment matter, is (name of the recruitment manager listed) available?
If possible, introduce yourself to the manager as well, then proceed with the following (the following script can also be effective when speaking to the original person who answered the phone)
I’m calling to follow up on the position that is currently advertised for (insert job title here), is now a good time? Hopefully you’ve received my application? You have? Great! I’m just wondering what the process is moving forward, will I be notified if I am successful or unsuccessful in progressing? When do applications close? (if this date isn’t already on the job ad) Is there anything else that you need from me?
There will always be people who are not as responsive to this type of communication as others, if the other person identifies that it isn’t a good time to chat ask if there is a better time or if there is an email you could direct your questions to.
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