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My key tips for job applications

on Monday, 18 September 2017. Posted in Tips for Job Seekers, News for Employees

I often get told "I never heard back from employers after applying". Is this why?

My key tips for job applications

I was recently on a phone interview with someone who made the statement "I have applied to roles with employer ABC 4 times and have never heard back".

I looked at their application and was suprised at what I saw. They lived in Auckland and had not even taken the time to read that the role was a Manawatu opportunity. I'm not kidding and they were one of many!

I hope the tips I'm about to mention help you when applying for any future roles.

As an experienced recruiter I have spoken to hundreds of applicants and see some really common - and easily avoidable - job hunting mistakes.

Here are my Job Application Tips - A.K.A. how to avoid getting passed over when applying for jobs.


  1. Read the whole advertisement before applying
  2. Take time to research the company - including what they do, and why you want to work for them
  3. Look for the essential and desirable skills/knowledge they want and need
  4. Take the time to reflect on your skills and knowledge - DO THEY AT LEAST MATCH OR BETTER POINT 3.? - if the answer is no then don't apply!
  5. Look for the geographical location of the role - ensure it is where you live, an easy commute, or somewhere you would relocate to for work
  6. If in point 5. you are willing and able to relocate - confim this in your cover letter so the reader doesn't make incorrect assumptions
  7. Assume the person reading your application is the hiring manager's assistant - include enough detail in your covering letter and resume so they understand your work history without having to ring you - assume they will not have time to ring you 
  8. Check your spelling - never use emojis or text speak


In a list like the one above, these errors look like simple things that you wouldn't do - but when under pressure to find a job or in a hurry to apply, by not following these basic tips you may well get put in the "Unsuccessful Application" pile.


As a recruitment professional, here are some of the first questions I will ask you:

  • What do you know about the employer?
  • Why do you want to work for them?
  • Why does this role work for you? (travel, relocation, children's schools, family connections - there are lots of considerations here)
  • What do you do now?
  • What are you looking for in your future roles?
  • What are your pay expectations?

And this is just the start of our conversation....


I hope these tips help - I'm looking forward to engaging in a great phone interview when you apply to a role I am managing for our amazing Manawatu employers.

Robyn Bills

Recruitment Specialist

Robyn brings with her a wealth of local knowledge and connections. She has worked in a range of businesses and industries including; account management/sales (both locally and nationally), healthcare, media, real estate, manufacturing and NZ tourism. This gives Robyn the ability to draw on personal experience and apply these skills to your business or personal situation.

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