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How to make your job application stand out
31 May 2014
Australia’s challenging employment market means recruiters’ inboxes are fuller than ever.
As you would expect in the current economic climate, we’re witnessing a significant rise in the number of applications for each job advertisement we post, whether online or through traditional channels. There are a few reasons for increased application numbers – firstly, the number of jobseekers on the market has grown, and secondly, applying for jobs has become a very simple process from any part of the globe.
Managing a high volume of job applications comes with its own challenges for employers and recruiters – we have to be careful not to miss an ideal candidate amongst the pile facing us. While we’re implementing new systems to manage the load, it is more important than ever for you to get your application right.
So, how do you make your application stand out from the crowd?
Tailor your application
The first tip is often ignored to the detriment of the applicant, that is: make your application relevant for the role you’re applying for. Obviously generic cover letters and CVs that do not highlight the required skill set will be quickly overlooked.
If you are genuinely suitable for a role (i.e. you have proven experience in the majority of the required criteria) a follow up phone call to the relevant recruiter or decision maker within an organisation can go a long way to support your application. Make sure that you’re not a serial caller on every job application – your follow up needs to be relevant – but if you are sure that you are a good contender for the role and have not heard anything for a number of days since you applied (or after the application closing date) follow up with a polite call.
If you are genuinely suitable for a role, a follow up phone call to the relevant recruiter or decision maker within an organisation can go a long way to support your application
First, confirm that your CV has been received, and then be ready to explain in a succinct manner why you believe you are the right person for the role. This follow up not only highlights your CV in what may be a cluttered inbox, it also shows that you have genuine passion for the position. This sets you apart from the applicants who are applying for anything and everything.
If you don’t take the time to follow up your application in this market then there is every chance you will receive a generic “thanks but no thanks” response.
By putting in that little bit of extra effort and demonstrating that you are truly interested in this specific role you give yourself every chance of success.
We are currently seeing a significant rise in the number of each job advertised, which makes it difficult for applicants to stand out from the crowd. To give yourself the best chance of being noticed, you should:
- Tailor your application specifically to the role you are applying for
- Follow up with a call to the recruiter or decision maker for roles you think you're particularly suitable for