How often have you been told by a relative or friend of a friend to ‘bring’ your CV after graduation because they can get you a job? And how many times did they come through for you? You are often left to go on a job hunt on your own, especially for millennial. The job application process has become the norm with people filling them out one after the other, day after day. This process is tiring and time-consuming, especially if not done right. With this in mind, we have come up with seven effective tips on how to have a successful job application.
1. Set aside a substantial amount of time to prepare
Fortune favors the prepared is a saying though becoming a cliché that speaks to the truth. As an applicant, take your time to research more on the company you are applying to. Most companies have followed the digital track, which makes it easy to find any information online. This can be through their web-pages or social media accounts. A simple online research will give you enough data about a company hence putting you way ahead of other applicants.
Once you find the online company profile, read through their aim, and their expectations of all their employees. Research the market industry in the past, present, and future.
This information will help you understand what the company requires of you and how to answer more of the questions asked in the application form.
2. Have all your documents in order
One of the best tips for having a successful job application is to have all documents sorted. Have all your documents in order just in case the recruiters require you to attach them to your application. These documents include; Academic certificates, employment records, and or your CV. This documents should reveal your;
- Personal information uh as the email, address, hobbies
- Employment history
- Education background in chronological order
- And statement where you sell your skills and show why you are the best fit for the job.
3. Read and follow all the instructions.
When you answer a question wrongly, you only portray your incompetence and ignorance. Answer all questions as required. For example, if a question requires you to talk about your referee, do not refer them to the section on referees, answer the question even if it means repeating yourself.
If asked about your roles in your previous job, explain your role without beating about the bush or exaggerating. Be enthusiastic.
4. Write with clarity and accuracy
When answering questions that require explanation, use strong words. For example, answer questions using strong verbs like achieved, or transformed without repeating yourself. This shows off your academic intellect when it comes to language.
Avoid using acronyms with the assumption that the recruiter will understand what you mean. Write full words and make sure to proofread once done.
Whether filling out applications online or in the handwritten form, ensure that whatever you write or type is legible and grammatical. This includes your address, phone numbers, and any other contact information asked of you.
5. Do not specify on salary requirements.
When an application form requires you to fill in what you intend to be paid, it is usually a trick question. Approach this question with wisdom.
The best approach is usually to give a range as it opens up a window for negotiations without emphasizing that you are more about money than the job itself. Answering this question is usually easier for people who have previously paid work experience as they can negotiate within their last pay range. It becomes a bit harder for recruits who have no prior work experience since they are a bit green. This is not a cause for alarm; the best thing to remember is that you should never undervalue yourself. If you have to give a pay range, do research and ensure that you are compensated for your skills; after all, we are paid for what we know.
6. Provide references
References are a great way to show the recruit that you are not a hoax. Even if it is our university lecturer, or your attachment boss, make that request and put them down as your reference. Ensure that you include their contacts and also alert them so that they know to expect a call.
Successful Job Application Conclusion
In conclusion, the job hustle doesn’t have to be full of rejections. With the above tips in mind, and a high power CV to boot, you’ll have a much better chance of landing that dream job. Contact us today for HR advice on ways to improve your career chances.