When it comes to applying for jobs, one of the hardest things is ensuring you have the perfect job application. With so many different things to think about, it’s important you’re getting across that you’re the perfect person for the job. Whilst it may seem impossible at times, there are lots of different things you can do to ensure you’re sending the perfect application each and every time. With that in mind, here are some tips and tricks to ensure you’re nailing your job applications:

– Make Sure You’re Reading The Job Description Properly

The first thing you need to do is ensure you’re reading the job description properly. Lots of people get carried away when they see a job they think is suitable for them, then apply without reading the description properly. Whilst this may not harm in any way, it is a waste of your time and resources.

The best thing to do is make sure you’re reading over things a couple of times, making note of what it is that stands out to you specifically about the role. Going into this much detail will mean you’ll HAVE to read each and every word.

– Tailor Your CV To Match The Candidate Profile For Each Application

Another great thing to consider is creating tailored resumes for each job you’re applying for. Whether it means changing a couple of words or changing the focus of your resume, you need to ensure it’s clear why you’re applying for the position.

An important thing to consider when doing this is that you’re naming your file strategically – you don’t want it to look like you’re creating a new resume every time. For tips and tricks when it comes to writing the perfect resume, you can visit this guide here.

– List Your Skills And Tell Them Why They Make You The Perfect Candidate For The Job

When applying for a job you should be thinking about how your skills match the candidate profile. The company that is advertising the position will have specifically said what it is they’re looking for, so if you have the skills you need to tell them that that person is you.

To do this, may want to include a section in your cover letter that focuses entirely on why you’d be the best person for the job. For a guide to writing the perfect cover letter, you can visit this site here.

– Do Your Research And Show Your Enthusiasm For The Company In Your Application

A great way to show your enthusiasm for a company is to research into them before you start your application. Not only will that give you a good idea as to whether or not they’re an ideal company for you to work for, but it will allow you to use any information you find in your application. Whether it’s a recent merger or a charity they support, the more you know the better.

– Include Any Supporting Materials You Feel May Benefit You In Your Application

If you’re applying for a job that requires you to show your skills, you may want to include and supporting materials that help that. Whether it’s a portfolio of design work or an example of a successful marketing campaign you have worked on, proving your value is a great way to stand out from the 100s of applications they’re receiving. If you can’t find a way to attach supporting documents to your application, consider contacting them directly to find out if there is an alternate solution.

– List Your References From The Get Go

Although you will be asked for your references if you’re successful in gaining a position, having them listed from the start is a great way to speed up the process. Whilst it is just a formality with most applications, having them ready and waiting shows both confidence and organization.

– Make Sure You Proof Read Before You Send

Finally, it’s important you are proofreading absolutely everything before you send. Whilst spelling and grammar is not important for every single job role out there, it’s definitely a great way to show that you’re well-educated and great at communication – something that is important for the majority of industries.

If you’re unsure, you can always ask someone trusted to check everything over before you hit send.

Are you struggling when it comes to job applications? What can you change to ensure you’re getting an interview for every job you apply to? Let me know in the comments section below.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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