You have finally come across your dream role - but before you hit apply, make sure you take a look at our top tips for a successful job application:
Do your research
Do some research on the company that you are applying for, and weave into your application why you would be a good fit. Look at company values, vision, strategic objectives, issues they might be facing etc. and detail how your values and skills align with company objectives.
Use keywords in the job description in your application
Recruiters and employers are time-poor, and want to see straight away that you have the skills and expertise that make you perfect for the role. Use keywords in the job description in your CV and cover letter, and indicate how your accomplishments address the key role requirements.
Don't just make generalised statements about your role and responsibilities - use facts and figures to back up your credibility.
Don't include time gaps without explanation
If you took time off to care for your children, fill the gap in your CV with ‘child care provider', ‘stay at home Mum/Dad' or something similar. This automatically eliminates any red flags that might be raised when recruiters or employers see a gap in your work history.
Don't assume everyone knows your company
If you work for a company that is not well-known - add a brief description about the company to your CV. This will give your position credibility, and make life easier for recruiters and employers, saving them from having to research where you work.
Make sure your LinkedIn and social media profiles are up to date
Over 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn and social media to fill positions, and prospective employers often canvas social media prior to interviewing candidates. It is important to make sure your LinkedIn profile and other social profiles are up to date, to showcase your skills and make you more attractive to recruiters and potential employers.
Proofread your application, and then check it again!
Your CV and cover letter represent you and your capabilities – typos and mistakes are a big turn-off for recruiters and employers. Make sure you check everything twice, to ensure you make a good first impression.
Respond to feedback
If you have been searching for a job for a while, chances are you have had some interviews and received feedback from recruiters and potential employers. If not, make sure you request feedback following any unsuccessful interview. Listen to any feedback, and use it as a tool to improve, to increase your chances of success next time around.
You've submitted your application and now you're getting a call for a first round phone interview. What can you expect? Read our article on how to prepare for a phone interview.