The style and content of your application can 'make or break' your chances at being offered a job. But typing up the perfect application isn't easy. That's why we have compiled these Top 5 Application Tips, to help you kick-start your dream career!
1. Include all your grades, qualifications and employment history
Even if you volunteered at an animal shelter briefly during the summer, or held down a Christmas job in a local supermarket, it's very important that you include this in your application. Experience is crucial when it comes to making your application stand out from all the others and it can show you already have the professional knowledge to carry out the role you are applying for effectively. Similarly, don't miss out any relevant qualifications which may set you apart from the other candidates.
2. Research your employer
Find out as much as you can about your potential employer. Who are they? What do they do? If you see that their ethos is based around successful teamwork, see that your application reflects that - make sure to highlight that you are a strong team player in your reason for application, and note down examples of working effectively with others. This will demonstrate to the employer that you share the company's values and will therefore be a good fit in their business.
3. Be honest
Whilst it's crucial to present yourself in the best possible light, it's also equally important to be honest about your experience, qualifications and abilities. By demonstrating integrity and building trust with prospective employers, you will begin to build a positive professional reputation which is key to a successful career.
4. Show you are the perfect fit
Your cover letter or the 'Reason for Application' section is essentially an opportunity to prove to the employer that you are the best possible candidate for the vacancy they are offering. Carefully read the vacancy description and refer back to it in your reason for application, noting how and why you meet all the vacancy criteria. For instance, if an employer is looking for somebody with 'strong ICT skills, you may wish to point out that you are very familiar with various computer software having achieved a qualification in this area, and that you have used Microsoft Office daily for a recent project. It is also a good idea to close this section stating why you would like to work in the role you are applying for.
5. Adjust your application for each position
Your application should be tailored to the vacancy you are applying for. Make sure you show how passionate you are about that particular role in that particular company. This will demonstrate to the employer that you have seriously considered how you will fit into their business and how you can contribute to its success.
Good luck with your application!