Far to often we see candidates or job seekers use a scattergun approach to replying to job adverts. The first tip you need is that it very rarely works. So candidates if you want more success to your job ad applications, here is what you need to do!
Applying to as many job ad’s as you can doesn’t work!
Candidate please, please, please don’t send the same CV off to numerous job adverts in the hope that one might take you to interview. They won’t. Here is why.
- Candidates apply for jobs that don’t match their experience. If a job ad states you MUST have 3 years experience in a particular field then don’t apply if you don’t have this experience. It’s highly unlikely you will get an interview.
- Apply for jobs that closely match your experience. Write your CV so that it shows details of how you have experience of the requirements detailed in the job advert.
- Same CV for all job applications. This is unlikely to work, especially if you send your CV to a multitude of different industry sectors or jobs. To an employer or recruiter, it just looks like you don’t care.
- Unless you are applying for a number of highly similar jobs in the same industry sector with the same job requirements, salary and responsibilities, then write a different CV for EVERY job application. Your CV must show examples and experience that match the requirements detailed in the job ad.
- Spelling & grammar mistakes.
- Instant rejection, it takes 2 minutes to spell check a document. If you are weak at proof reading or get confused between words such as they’re , their or there then get somebody to proof read your CV before it gets sent off.
- CV doesn’t stand out.
- Use a free CV builder such as the one on our site and create one that stands out. There are lots of templates to choose from. A professional image is a must. It shows you care about presentation and that you are willing to invest the time into making a good first impression.
- CV content doesn’t appeal to the recruiter.
- Ensure your CV includes a personal statement, clearly defined sections and most of all, the achievements you reached in your current role. The employer doesn’t want to re-read a job description. They want to see how you achieved and exceeded expectations in your current role & how that would fit in the role you are applying for.
We hope this short guide helps job seekers focus on the most important parts of replying to a job ad. We’ll create a ‘what to do at interview section’ soon, as our next guide to help you get the job you want.