Job & Apprenticeship Application AdvicePosted: 25th of June 2015 by
Finding and applying for work can seem laborious and stressful, especially if you find your applications being rejected, and even more so if you don’t even get a response. Sadly, it is increasing yl common for employers not to tell applicants that they have not been selected, instead preferring to simply state that if you have not heard by a certain date you can presume you have not been selected. This doesn’t do much to improve your morale, and also offers very few tips as to why your application may have failed. However, there are a number of steps that you can take to improve your chances of landing that dream job, and much of this advice could also be used if you are searching and applying for an apprenticeship too.
- Research The Employer
The more information you have about an employer the better. If you can get an inside line from someone already working there, then great. However, if not you can still find out plenty about an employer online. Visit their website and check them out on social media. Understand what the company does, who their clients are, and where they are heading in the future. Showing an interest in a company will help you stand out – particularly at interview.
- Match Your Skills
You need to show that your skills match those required by the employer. Look over the criteria for the job and highlight how your skills and experience match with those the employer has mentioned. You should definitely be tailoring your CV to match each role you apply for, but if the job description isn’t much use you should try looking at what is being asked for similar roles elsewhere, or even reach out to the company directly to ask them for more information. You may find that you are lacking some of the requirements for the role, but you may also feel that you have other relevant skills that may help make you more desirable for the employer. However, don’t be tempted to list everything you have ever done, eradicate unnecessary details from your CV, such as old temporary jobs or other items that are not relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Know Your C.V.
While you are changing your C.V. to match each role you are applying for, you need to keep tabs on exactly what you have included for each job application. You will be asked to elaborate on your C.V. if called to interview, so it pays to know what you have included!
- Know Why You Want The Job
When applying for a job it is not enough to have done you research and matched your skills (see above), but you should also try to sell yourself to the employer. You can do this by thinking why you want the job – and also why you may want to work for a particular employer. If you can explain why you want the job (not just because you need the money!), then that will stand you in good stead for your application and also the interview.
- Stay Positive
Applying for work can be demoralising, especially if you don’t get any feedback. Try to focus on applying for a set amount of jobs each week, researching the companies and tailoring your applications as you go. Stay positive and it will reflect in your applications and at interview.
Let others know you are looking for work. Friends and family may be able to let you know of any vacancies coming up, and maybe even put in a good word for you. Use social media networks like LinkedIn to meet others in the field you hope to get into. You could also try blogging as a way to get seen and also prove an interest in a particular field of work. However, if you are already working somewhere, be careful not to let on that you are thinking of leaving – as this may jeopardise your current position!
- Stay Calm
Easier said than done, perhaps, but if you do make it interview, try to stay calm and focus on what is being asked of you. If necessary ask for some clarification rather than going off on a tangent that is unrelated to what you were actually being asked. Slow down so your words are clear, and remember to breathe deeply to keep yourself calm! Also, stay honest, if you don’t know something just say so, rather than trying to bluff your way through.
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