Tag: Applying for jobs

Beware the job application self-destruct button

Self destruct

It looks convenient, doesn’t it? A single button on a job search website which will fire off your resume off at the click of a button. It allows you to apply for dozens of jobs in the time it takes to eat your cornflakes in the morning.

But clicking that button is possibly the worst thing you can do for your chances of success. It’s essentially a self-destruct button for job applications.

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3 easy ways to target your resume.

If you want your resume to make the best impression possible, it has to be closely targeted to the job you’re applying for. Start by highlighting the key skills, experience, and other requirements listed on the position description. Then, make sure that your resume shines a spotlight on each of them as much as possible. Continue reading

A quick guide to… effective cover letters

A cover letter is a business letter which is often requested by employers as part of a job application. It is the first opportunity for you to market yourself to the employer by demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience match their job requirements. Employers often use cover letters to screen applicants so it is vital you make a good impression.

Your cover letter should be one A4 page in length and its purpose is to introduce you to the employer and to explain why you are the best candidate for this position. The key is to ensure your writing is concise and to the point. Longer cover letters are often not well received by some employers.  Your letter should be written using the standard business letter style and you must use formal English. Where possible, personally address the letter to the person responsible for hiring – you may need to contact the organisation to ask for the managers’ name and title. Always get someone to check your document for spelling, grammar and typographical errors. Continue reading

Use the STAR model for success in job applications and interviews

The STAR model provides a framework for presenting information in response to Key Selection Criteria. It is also a useful framework for preparing answers to behavioural questions in an interview. It’s a way of providing clear examples or evidence of your skills, knowledge and approach to work. For each criterion, use the following elements to structure your answers: Continue reading

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