Putting yourself out there is not something that comes naturally to most of us. But when it comes to applying for a job, inserting that extra effort will help your application get noticed and could get you on the path to landing the role.
Often applicants make trivial mistakes that don’t favor them in the recruitment process and when you are stacked up against so many others – every point counts!
We’ve gone ahead and crafted a few tips to help you along the way – so that you can send off that next application with confidence!
COMMON JOB APPLICATION MISTAKES TO AVOID
- Using copy and paste CV templates
- Using generic email subject lines
- Not having a LinkedIn profile
- Using inappropriate photos on your CV application
- Not including a cover letter with your job application
1. USING COPY AND PASTE CV TEMPLATES
This makes it difficult for candidates to stand out in the eyes of recruiters – as they may be presented with multiple lookalike CV’s. Consider your CV an extension of your personal identity rather than something you just have to do. Personalising your CV is an opportunity to make a good first impression, showcase your individuality and stand out amongst the many other applicants a recruiter may have seen. Why be a ‘me too’, when you were born to stand out!
2. USING GENERIC EMAIL SUBJECT LINES
Try steer clear of using generic subject lines when sending through your email application, for example: “Application for a job”; “CV of Candidate X, “CV”, “Re: Advertised position”. These subject lines make it difficult for the recruiter to understand how to categorize and even shortlist your application. Try to be mindful of the recruiter’s role and tasks – as they are often faced with hundreds of CV applications at a time. Be sure to be extremely specific in your subject line and view this as yet another opportunity to stand out. For example: (Application for JCT Electrical – Management Position – CV of Phillip Mazi). This would be good subject line, as it helps the recruiter to categorize the application right away and makes a good first impression.
3. NOT HAVING A LINKEDIN PROFILE
LinkedIn is the most frequently used social media platform for professionals. Naturally, it is one of the most utilized candidate search platforms maximised by recruiters. Which means if you are looking for a job – LinkedIn is a must have. Think of LinkedIn as your CV’s social media page. Be sure to keep your page looking clean and professional. *Hint hint*: This would also apply to your Facebook and Instagram accounts – prospective employers often check those too.
‘‘Think of LinkedIn as your CV’s social media page.’’
4. USING INAPPROPRIATE PHOTOS ON YOUR CV
If using a photo on your CV application is something you’d like to do, then be sure it’s one that paints you in a professional light. Keep in mind that the company and position you are applying for. If you are applying for an assistant role at a banking firm, perhaps keep the crop top and sunglasses for the weekend.
5. NOT INCLUDING A COVER LETTER
A cover letter is a wonderful way to summarize who you are and your reasons for applying for the position. Again, this is an opportunity to stand out and show that you are not afraid to go the extra mile and apply yourself. It is advisable to type your cover letter in the body of your application-email versus sending it as an attachment. This helps to make the processing of your application run more smoothly. Note: A cover letter is not to be confused with a cover page.
Well, we truly hope this helps you to put your best foot forward in your next job application.
Until next time..