Before making an application for a position, it is important that you are prepared. You only have a very short period of time to make an impression, and particularly for positions where the will be a lot of applications or high competition, it is important that you make that first impression a good one!
A resume has a single purpose, and that is to get you an interview. Once an employer interviews you, they rarely look at your Resume again.
Research suggests that you have about 30 seconds to make an impression!
If you want your resume to be in the pile that the employer calls for an interview, you need to make a good impression, fast!
Here are some tips that will help you to make a good first impression:
- Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for
- Have a different resume for each job goal
Many large organisations and recruiters use software that is designed to search for keywords. When submitting an online application, ensure that you upload documents that the program can ‘read’. If you upload documents that have been scanned, ensure that Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is utilised and that they are not saved as images. Remember:
- Read through the online application and position requirements, before completing the application form
- Research the organisation, use key words that they will relate to
- Wherever possible, include a cover letter. Not all employers will read your letter, but if they are expecting one and it is not there, it could be a reason to cull your application
- Make sure that you fill in all required information
A good cover letter lets an employer see a side of you that you cannot get across in your resume or job application. It also gives you an opportunity to address some of the key requirements of the position, or to showcase extra skills, experience, qualifications or attributes you might have, that make you more competitive for the job.
Not all employers put a high level of importance on cover letters, however it is best practice to include a cover letter with every application you make.
Some important things to consider when writing and structuring a cover letter:
- Employers are known to use cover letters as a preliminary test of your literacy skills. Make sure that the letter is laid out correctly, is neat and free of spelling and grammatical errors
- Be concise and get to the point quickly, some employers may only read the first 2 paragraphs
- Include plenty of…Read more
If you get the call for a Job Interview, that is great news! it means that the employer thinks you meet the core requirements of the job, and they now want to meet you to see how you fit in their company.
It is natural to feel nervous before a Job Interview, the fact that you are nervous means that you want to do a good job! The fact is that the people interviewing you will all have had interviews themselves, and at the time they would have felt exactly the way that you are feeling. Most employers understand and expect you to be nervous, but the best way to push through and perform is to prepare well. Here are some tips:
- Know the job you are applying for, perhaps even call or drop in and see someone that does a similar job in that organisation before the interview and talk…Read more.
The Cessnock City Jobs Portal has been jointly funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Projects Stream, and Cessnock City Council.