Finding a job can be extremely competitive, especially if you’re a recent grad or if you’ve been out of the job application game for a while. Although you’re most likely competing with hundreds, or maybe even thousands of other candidates, there are still some things you can do to give yourself an advantage over everyone else.
You go through the application and follow each step. You put in your contact information, your address, include your job history and resume, but now it gets to the cover letter part. Now I know it probably says optional, but do you really want to take that chance and risk not getting a call back? You most definitely want to include a cover letter when being asked to do so. Looking back at all of my job applications, I probably didn’t attach a single cover letter to any of the positions I applied for and “coincidently”, I didn’t get an interview with the company. Draft up a cover letter or revise one that you already have because it’s definitely worth your time.
Looking back, naming your email address “tequilamonster69” (Yes, this is a real email) was pretty funny when the only purpose of your email account was to send things to your friends. However, now you’re entering into a more professional environment and you want to make sure that all aspects of your application radiate professionalism too. So keep in mind that when you’re applying to any position, whether it’s a part-time job or an entry level job, you want to cover your tracks and use a more appropriate email. Take the extra 5 minutes to create a new account because it will be worth it in the end when you land the job you wanted so badly.
It’s pretty common to explore other opportunities when you’re applying to any company. Being open to more than one type of role isn’t necessarily bad on your part, but it could send the wrong signal to the company that you’re trying to work for. Recruiters and HR managers want to hire someone who is passionate about their career so when they see a prospect apply to multiple positions, it’s basically telling them that you just want any job that’s available. Think to yourself as to why you’re applying for a specific role and weigh out the pros and cons if you’re considering more than one position.
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That’s all I have today for this career blog so thanks for reading and I hope this helps with your job applications! Please share this with your friends and colleagues as I would really appreciate it. Thanks guys!