#1: Use Common Sense
You’d be surprised by how many people don’t even use simple logic while applying to jobs.
- It’s common logic that a .Net developer must not apply to content writing jobs
- It’s common logic that if the job description says only graduates should apply, under graduates aren’t qualified
- Again, it’s common logic that if you are instructed not to send in your resume as the employer end cannot receive attachments, you should do it
Yet, most people simply do not heed these. Why?
Candidates are impatient -They don’t spend time reading the job description in full. They randomly go to job sites apply to 50 or more companies at one stretch and then site back expecting calls to pour in. I have news for you. It isn’t going to work that way!
Take the time and effort to apply individually to the jobs that match your profile the best. Most importantly, use common sense while applying for the job.
- Read the job description thoroughly. Only if you fit the description apply for the job
- Customize the resume with the employers industry and job role each time you apply for a job
- Follow instructions carefully. Some recruiters ask candidates to send resumes with certain keywords in the subject line. This is done so that the recruiters know the candidate has read the job description fully. Even if you are fully qualified for the job, if you don’t include the keyword, your email will see the trash folder only!
#2: Make Use of Cover Letters
Most job applications posted on job portals might not explicitly specify that they need a cover letter.
However, recruiters expect you to send one in along with your resume.
A cover letter helps you set the stage. It convinces the employer that they should go through the resume and invite the candidate over for an interview over all the other candidates who applied (often in the hundreds or in the thousands range).
A well-crafted cover letter helps you display your professionalism and your real interest in working with the company. If you are not truly interested in a company, you are not going to spend time creating a cover letter; are you?
While your choice of using a covering letter maybe good, equal care must be taken that it shouldn’t be a copy paste version of the many templates you get online. These templates must only be used as reference, not copy pasted entirely and changes made here and there to suit your needs.
How to Make Employers Get Back to You?
Most candidates think that applying to the job is all they need to do and the employers will schedule an interview with them. In an ideal world that should happen for qualified candidates. We, however, live in a non-ideal world where people have so very less time, and there are hundred things to be done.
Recruiters always look to lighten their load and they sometimes don’t get back to the candidates unless they follow up. This serves two purposes:
- Their workload is severely reduced
- Only interested and qualified candidates take time to follow-up. These are much better hiring leads to spend time on rather than the hundreds of “give-me-a-job” applicants