Applying for Jobs – How to Make a Great First Impression

Applying for Jobs – How to Make a Great First Impression

 

Ensure Your First Impressions Count:

How you answer the phone; your understanding of the job role and how you can contribute to it; and the way you conduct yourself when handing in your application form, can all leave a lasting impression as to whether you would be suitable for the job or not. That’s before you have been invited for an interview.

Answer the phone to unknown numbers in a professional manner at all times – Hello, it’s —- speaking, how can I help?

  • When collecting an application form directly from the employer, make sure you look smart, act professional and go by yourself
  • Photocopy the job application form in case you make a mistake on the original
  • To avoid mistakes, write your application answers in rough before transferring them to the application form
  • Whilst applying for jobs make sure you answer all questions and don’t leave any gaps

Before applying for any job make sure you have read and understood the full job description and person specification. If you get the details of a job via your local job centre, there are usually only a few lines about what the job entails. For more details you need to visit the company website and/or talk to your potential employer. This is important, as sometimes the employer may be looking for an essential skill that has been omitted from the job centre advert.

If the company requires you to apply for a job using a cover letter and CV, rather than their own application form, this gives you a huge opportunity to explain how your skills and experience matches their job description and person specification; without the confines of having to answer their specific questions.

Cover Letter

  • Should always accompany a CV
  • Shouldn’t just state I am applying for… position, with no evidence to support why you are the best person for the job
  • Should be targeted to each specific application

You must state why you would be the right choice for that role in terms of:

  1. Experience
  2. Skills
  3. Abilities

Recruiters look at the cover letter before your CV, so it is essential to make the employer believe you are the best person for the job at this early stage.

CV

The contents of a curriculum vitae, should always include:

  • Personal Statement or Personal Profile
  • Employment History
  • Experience
  • Qualifications And Training
  • Hobbies And Interests
  • References

Your Employment History should include responsibilities and experiences you have had in previous employments, relative to the position for which you are applying. If however, your most relative experience is not through your previous jobs, but through voluntary work, work experiences or hobbies, then you can write your examples under a separate heading of Experience.

The main point to remember is; the more you target everything in your cover letter and CV to a specific job role, the more likely you are to get an interview for it.

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