How To Get Your Job Application Noticed
Looking for a new opportunity? Here are our top tips to ensure your application is at the top of the pile:
Focus On Achievement
Online job applications are normally forms asking for standard information. Use this opportunity to highlight your skills in the most positive way possible. Instead of listing your duties at past jobs, turn your job summary into a highlight reel of your achievements.
Use the Right Keywords
Online applications go into databases. Computer software will look for certain keywords you've used that match what the recruiter seeks. Be sure to include the keywords in a particular job posting in your online CV, so you're hitting the right targets. Use action words such as "managed," "recruited" and "supervised" when listing experience required of potential candidates. If you have the experience, use the exact keywords.
Focus on the Employer
Use any opportunity to provide extra information that highlights your benefit to the employer. You should also indicate that you know the company you're looking to work for and understand their specific needs. Stating "I have the retail sales experience specific to your new product line" is more effective than "I have valuable sales experience."
Send a Paper Copy
In the era of online applications, sending an additional copy by post may seem old fashioned. However, it’s one of the best ways to get people to notice your application. Call the company and ask for a contact, or address the application to the manager of the department you're applying to. If you can get a phone number, following up a few days later to confirm receipt of the paper application is acceptable.
Use Personal Connections
Networking is important. If you have a friend or a colleague that works in the company you're trying to work for, use that connection. Ask your friend to give you the name of a contact within the company, or take it one step further and alert the hiring manager that your application is coming.
Many techniques will get you noticed but won't increase your chances of getting hired. Showing up at the company several times a day or phoning a person more than once or twice after submitting an application will make hiring managers know your name. It may not, however, increase their desire to work with you.