written by Annie McCulloch, Portfolio Recruitment
Apply Right. There will often be grey areas and exceptions to the rules but here are a few pointers to set you on the right track. We’re seeing 100’s of applications a day and due to the time of the year, many are grads/juniors. While some hit the mark and get it right… more often there are simple errors made that can make all the difference when you’re up against the hundreds of others vying for the same position.
Include your CV every time. Even if it is a query, attach your CV regardless.
Most times, there is no need to include an attached separate cover letter. If you are emailing, the body of your email is your cover letter. Gauge each way you are applying differently – i.e. Seek asks for a cover letter.
Personalise your applications. If you are applying to a few jobs, don’t just copy and paste each application. It is often obvious. When sending your details direct to someone rather than through an online application, make sure you know the name of the person you are sending your details to.
Check. Check. Check.
Check and double check your spelling and grammar. Then check it one last time!
Don’t make your cover letter/email intro too long. Find the balance of just the right amount of information.
Avoid applying for jobs that you are under or over qualified for. And, avoid applying to roles that are not within your skill set at all!
Don’t hesitate to follow up if you don’t get a response. If you don’t get a response within a week, send a polite follow-up.
Try not to take it personally if you get a message back saying you haven’t been shortlisted or successful for a role. Your response to rejection is always a gauge on the type of candidate you are. You just never know… you might not be right for the role you’ve applied for but there may be future opportunities. Try not to burn bridges.
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