How to Stand Out When Applying for a Job

April 10, 2014
resume, work, CV, career, jobs, training

Thanks to an unstable job market, for every job out there, you’ll be in a race against dozens of others competing for the same job. These days it’s not enough just to send over your resume, consider these tips to help you stand out from the rest.

Tailor the resume to the job

When applying for a job, be sure to tailor the resume to the job description. It’s worth spending time analysing each job description and personalising your experience to what they’re looking for. A few small tweaks to the resume with every new application will help the resume to match the application. Without this editing, the resume will look like an afterthought.

Send a cover letter

Most job ads still require a cover letter, and even if they don’t, it’s always a good idea to include one in your application. It shows you’ve tailored the application to this job, and offers an insight into who you are as a person. This is your chance to rise above the facts and figures of your resume.

Interview as if you’re at lunch

Going to an interview completely stiff is not the way to get a job. Anyone who knows how to get a job knows that managers want to talk to real people in an interview. Giving robotic answers and trying to say only what the manager wants to hear does not make the applicant look like a quality candidate. Be smart. Be open. Be funny. Be yourself in an interview. When the manager feels like they are talking to someone they could work with, the tide will turn in your favour.

Have references ready

Ah, “references available on request.” Make sure you have references ready if the HR manager asks for them. Send a polite email to your previous employers mentioning that you are applying for work and could you use them as a reference. This will save you time and push you to the front of the shortlist.

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