I often get told "I never heard back from employers after applying". Is this why?
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.
- Read the whole advertisement before applying
- Take time to research the company - including what they do, and why you want to work for them
- Look for the essential and desirable skills/knowledge they want and need
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.