Applying for jobs? Why isn't your phone ringing hot?

Ever wonder why you haven’t heard back from that amazing job you applied for last month? You definitely sent them your CV and a cover letter, not to mention you were perfect for the job!

Do you remember what the job said about how to apply? No - they just want an email with my CV and cover letter right? Wrong! The recruitment industry is changing, with some great new tools out there that help employers sort, manage and organize their candidates so they can be more efficient and effective at hiring.

So what does this mean for you as a job hunter – just emailing a CV and a cover letter may no longer be enough to get your foot in the door for that first stage of the job hiring process. Many employers especially when advertising on online media such as Seek and MyCareer will often direct you through to another website or have specific instructions on how to apply and it vital you read and follow these instructions – rather than just hitting the “Apply Now” button.

Think about it – if you can’t even follow the instructions on how to apply for the job will a potential employer really want you in their business making important decisions? Not so much.

I know it’s easy to get excited when reading a job that you think you would be perfect for and you must apply immediately, but here are some suggestions to give yourself the best opportunity to create a great first impression:
  1. Carefully read the “how to apply” section at the bottom of the job and then follow those instructions!
  2. Prepare a short and concise covering letter. Your letter should be no more than 4 paragraphs.
  3. Ensure your letter addresses the requirements of the job as outlined in the advertisement. If the advert states they want someone with passion and enthusiasm, make reference to these qualities in your application. 
  4. Check and recheck your CV and covering letter - typos are NOT a good look!
  5. Ensure your resume is concise and to the point. Ideally it should be no longer than 4 pages. 
  6. Be patient. Most companies do not start reviewing applications until the closing date has passed and this process can take several weeks. Calling the day after applications close to ask for an update will not do you any favours. 
  7. Be prepared for a phone call as many companies are fast tracking the shortlisting process by conducting phone interviews. If you have job applications pending, ensure you always answer the phone professionally and your voice mail is updated to reflect the polished, professional future employee you want to be. 

For more job hunting tips, visit www.talentpropellerjobs.com.au

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