When reading the announcement, decode it! Don’t speed-read. Ask yourself questions about what is really suggested in it!
- What is possible?
- What is necessary?
- What should be included?
- Is there something that is included that shouldn’t?
- Does it align with your values?
- Would you truly enjoy this work?
- Job titles. What do they mean exactly?
- About us. Research the employer. Read on their web-site, and even talk to employees
- Advantages and salaries. Is there prudence, or are they direct?
- Rank them on challenging and rewarding, choose the top one.
- What do you want?
- What don’t you want?
- Your skills should be well utilized and acknowledged. Put your personal growth as a high priority.
- Which skills will be used?
- Which will be developed?
- Ponder salary and other benefits. Be honest and realistic. Health insurance? A certain figure for the salary? What skills will be developed?
- Research the personality and values of the company/employer. Read their mission/goal statement.
- Read about the news and services the company offers.
- Read the career sections for other job offerings
- Contact info with full name, telephone, address, email and background.
- Put the best first, and have a positive finish. Include a photo.
- Have an interview as the goal in mind.
- Start with the reason for applying as the first sentence, include the title of the job and the name of the employer.
- Adapt to the job applied for
- Why should they hire you? What will the employer gain? What do you hope to gain?
- Use the research about the employer together with knowledge about yourself.
- Align employer mission with own values.
- Give direct examples of situations when you applied the skills required.
- Provide at least 3 references. Stay positive about your past employers.
- Let your CV and a resume be complementary; provide unique information in each part. Offer something new and original that is not in the CV.
- List the best attributes of yourself that matches the job
- Give your contact details
- Mention how you will follow up
- Finish with gratitude
- Check writing
- Avoid clichés and memes
- Be personal and communicable. Don’t write like a robot
- Describe positions held and awards granted
- Show direct numbers and statistics
- Keep it short and simple
- Get a second opinion, fix any more typos. Rephrase.
- If the employer has not been in contact with you, call or write.
- Be friendly
- “Have decisions been made?”
- “Can I contact you again?”
Let the interviewer know when you are available, that you can provide any required information and that you look forward to speaking with them.
- Dress up for the job you want, make yourself feel good and be confident.
- Be on time, 10 to 15 minutes in advance.
- Be positive
- Show that you did research
- Show your notes, and take notes
- Follow up with a thank-you letter.
- Mention what was taken from the interview
To think about with head-hunters/recruiters
- They want you to get the job with a high salary, but if they don’t think you can get it, they might want you to accept a lower one than you are worth.
- They put their employers needs first
- They can’t tell you everything (they don’t know everything)
- They don’t always know what your job entails