Job Application Tips
We wrote these Job Application Tips because too many times we see good people not getting a job they are capable to do. We can only say: Profit from our experience!
You apply for a job for financial independence, for gaining new experience, meet new cultures, places and people, develop professionally, expand your horizon, all valid reasons. When applying for a specific opening it is vital for success to take some time to study and prepare for your application. With our Job Application Tips your application will be your opportunity to shine in the eyes of the recruiter!
Understand what you consider
When you find an interesting opening, spend some time understanding the job. Imagine yourself in the position, doing what you want to be paid for every week 40 hours, sitting next to colleagues, taking your breaks, travelling from and to your new workplace and living in and around this area. Especially if you consider a relocation to a new city or country, take some time to search the internet and find information, reviews, comments by other people in that place, etc.
It is helpfull to have a global idea about the company and the location. This information can be found through internet and asking questions in social media (eg. local Facebook groups). For example you can search “review+(company name)” and you research the location. Are employees happy? Is the location comfortable for your life style? Will you be able to adapt? Create a picture with what you consider to understand the impact better. It is vital for you that you see yourself in this situation, otherwise why apply?
Hints and Tips for Your CV
We see many CV’s and many times we wonder about them. Always we see that candidates made an effort to compose a good CV. But get this: CV’s of 4/5 pages with endless lists of jobs, hobbies, skills, education, certificates, academic achievements, publications, etc. will not get you a job. When we ask candidates to change the CV and we are often met with resistance. Resistance because people are proud of what they wrote or experienced. Do not get us wrong, these are all good things. But in these cases candidates fail to understand that a CV is custom made for a position and should not be a chronology of your life. Your CV can make or break the deal. Find our tips how to compose a CV that will function as an invitation to learn more about you!
Answer the requirements: HR departments will select those people who answer the requirements best. Make sure your CV addresses the requirements in the job descriptions.
Custom Made: Compose your CV specific for a position. Each position has different requirements, so to make one big CV you can send everywhere is a big DON’T!
Short, Relevant and Easy to Read: Keep your CV to the point, avoid information that is not asked for. See the job description as your guidance for the information you need to share. No more, no less.
Write in CV Language: Interpret your experience in the right way and use the right language to express this experience. E.g. if your desired job requires customer experience and you have worked in fast food your CV should not read ‘fast food’, write ‘customer sales and relations employee’ instead.
Pay attention to details: Every detail counts, so be professional all the way. Make sure your information is logical, correct and up to date. Our advise is to avoid ‘weird’ emailaddresses (e.g. bmwpower@yahoo, barbiedoll69@hotmail), just get an emailaddress with your name and nothing more.
An invitation to learn more about you: When you answer the requirements companies will be interested to learn more about who you are. For this purpose they have interviews. Make sure that your CV makes way for the interview to learn about you and who you are as a person.
Do not underqualify yourself: Your job experiences can be explained and desribed in many different ways. Just see they fit the job description (language) and requirements and you will do fine.
Your Online Information
Pay special attention to your online information. We mention this because it is important to understand that your information can be found. Keep in mind that recruiters can look you up on the internet. They can find your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or other private pages. Avoid too expressive findable comments, photos or such to give the wrong image of yourself. Or even better: restrict public access to your online private information and create for example one strong publicly accessible profile on for example LinkedIn.
Cover Letter and References
Recruiters expect some sort of context in which you present your profile. Here we advise: less is more. Avoid lots of text for the recruiter to gpo through, just express your interest and let your CV speak for itself. Depending on the position references might be asked. It is good to have references, but it is enough to mention they can be provided and contacted. If your CV and presentation are strong and credible, usually references are not contacted.
Create a 1-Page CV
In our experience a 1-Page CV works best. Your CV is nothing but an invitation to get to know you better! Do not put everything on there, leave something for the conversation. For customer service it is very well possible to compose a CV that contains 3 sections: contact information, relevant skills/education and relevant experience.
Start making your 1-Page CV!
Connect with the Recruiter
Your application will be reviewed by someone from HR or the recruitment department. Understand that these people see 100s of applications each week. To stand out of this pile of applications, make sure you present yourself professionally and in the right way.
- Make the recruiter’s job easy: Keep your CV short, clear and to-the-point.
- Address the requirements: Above all your CV needs to answer the requirements.
- Use position key words: Recruiters like to see quickly you qualify. Use key words in your CV for a mental advantage. In other words: apply the right CV language.
- Keep it simple: Start with/List only the most relevant experience and skills.
- Avoid lack of motivation: Use a pleasant tone of voice and be clear about your motivation for the job.
- Avoid undervalation: Each experience can be transformed in something relevant for every position.
- Avoid clutter and deviation: Avoid unrelated information that will take the attention away.
What recruiters do NOT like
From our experience we can tip you on some things we know recruiters do not like and you can avoid:
Don’t: List 20 jobs in 2 years: This indicates you will not stay long.
Do: Write smart: e.g. 2014-2016 Various projects gaining experience in....
Don’t: Incomplete or incorrect information: If a recruiter cannot reach you, you loose.
Do: Double check all your information before sending.
Don’t: Too high salary expectations: Be realistic with your request. If it is too high, you will not be contacted.
Do: State the offered salary and use a moment in your interview to discuss your salary.
Don’t: Be inpolite, informal, uninterested, unprofessional: Recruiters are looking for a long term relationship, avoid unfriendliness or unprofessional behavior, e.g. replying late, incomplete, etc.
Do: Apply respect, a touch of humbleness and answer timely.
Don’t: Include irrelevant information: academic publications, mini jobs when you were 16.
Do: Stick to the requirements, if a recruiter wants to know more, they will ask you.
Don’t: Include you were director, financial chief , CEO etc for openings at starter level. Recruiters will think you get bored.
Do: Write smart: Downgrade your experience to requirement level and language.
Don’t: Unqualified or illegible: Do not apply if you do not meet the requirements. You are wasting your (and the recruiter’s) time.
Do: Check the requirements well.
Don’t: Debate a negative application result. Utterly pointless.
Do: Thank for the opportunity and ask for the motive.
Contact is opportunity!
If you are contacted this means your CV worked! Congratulations. You are not there yet though. Always be prepared to be contacted.
- Be ready to be contacted: Respond immediately and reply timely!
- Ask relevant questions: Show interest and that you are serious!
- Gather information: See to learn more about remuneration, relocation, local costs, local formalities, possible start date, payment structure, benefits, health care and possible allowances (eg. relocation, rent).
- Be polite: Formalities are different in every company and country. Stay safe and be polite and respectful.
Note: Keep in mind that companies will contact you when the opening and possible training eare ligned up for new candidates. In some cases it may take a while before you are contacted.
We hope you enjoyed our Job Application Tips and we wish for you to be successful!
If you have any more questions or need more job application tips or need our team to review your CV before you send it: firstname.lastname@example.org