How To Get The Job Interview
You can take the targeted approach or the scattergun approach. We know that taking a targeted approach is time-consuming, yet in the long-run it will save you time. The upside is that you’ll have to send fewer applications as it will be clearer to the reader that you want that job, not just any job.
2. Cover letters capture the reader’s attention to continue reading your resume. Write a letter tailored to the requirements of the particular position you’re applying for – personalise it.
3. Research the company where possible e.g. location, the history of the business and its culture. What appeals to you about the organization, and use this in your application cover letter.
4. Ensure you address the requirements of the position. If you don’t have the experience asked for, address this – don’t ignore it. They’re asking for specific skills/experience for a reason!
5. Keep your resume to no more than 4 pages. Your most recent experience is the most important.
6. Don’t presume the reader will understand acronyms or be familiar with companies you’ve worked before.
7. Address all your relevant experience. The reader is looking to see what experience you have in relation to what they need.
8. List your relevant education, qualifications and professional memberships: what they are, where they’re from and when you earned them; in date order, most recent first.
9. List responsibilities in your employment history – after all, the way you performed in the role was different to how others did it. Describe your responsibilities in terms of your achievements, rather than simply a list of duties. How did you do it differently? What did you achieve?
10. Your application is potentially one of a hundred. Make sure yours is easy to read. A clear font size and type, no more than 4-5 pages long, most relevant information first and clear formatting. Submit your resume and cover letter as one attachment and use the person’s name where possible. These small things make a big impact on a positive first impression.