Unlike Liam Neeson, you can’t depend on the right job finding you.
So when you do find a job you’d like to apply for via an online job board, there are some simple guidelines to follow that will boost your chances of success.
1. Know The Process: Understanding the job board
- Make sure you have everything to hand to answer all questions comprehensively.
- Upload the best document to sell yourself – remember recruiters search for your skillset even if you haven’t applied for their jobs.
- Don’t get timed out! Have a Word/Notepad document open that you can use to copy and paste from and to.
- Dedicate some time and focus – 5 minutes on the bus will not lend itself to a strong application!
2. Make A Visible Effort
- Use the most relevant CV for the job you are applying for. If you don’t have multiple versions of your CV, expect to have to tailor it.
- Write a directly targeted cover letter, emphasising how you meet their criteria.
- Follow up your application with a telephone call.
- Make the effort to record what you have applied for and know at least one interesting fact about the company.
3. Get In Quick and Dedicate Time to the Task
- Don’t wait. If you see a job Monday – make the time to apply. It may not be there next Monday.
- Contact the agency promptly to chase the status of your application, and keep it at the forefront of the recruiter’s mind.
- Looking for your next career move is a job in itself. Make the most of it.
- If you have seen your ‘perfect’ job, make the perfect application – care for it, follow it up, monitor it, show interest above any other applicant.
- Your application is your first impression.
4. Follow Instructions
- Don’t cut corners – this will not do you any favours.
- Make sure your CV can be uploaded and remain visible to the recipient.
- Give the recruiter what they have asked for – match your experience to their requirements – they are asking for these things for a reason.
- Make every detail relevant – prove it with examples. This will show you are competent.
5. Don’t Fall at the First Hurdle
- Use attention to detail – silly mistakes can undo all your hard work.
- Clear and correct information is the key to being contacted.
- Use the best of the best documents you have available to sell yourself – this includes a cover letter, a CV and references to prove your ability and worth.