How To Get Your Job Application Right

Applying for work seems like a never ending battle. You have spent the whole morning searching for a job and have applied to everything you have seen. Unfortunately you don’t get a single response and are left frustrated and question if these jobs even exist. This happens to many job seekers on a daily basis and since I have been in a recruiting position I have noticed common mistakes job seekers make right from the start.

1.) Read the job description
A point so obvious but one so often ignored

When applying for work it’s so important to read what is expected of you! I have had applicants from receptionists wanting to work as a system administrator. 99% of the time CV’s like this are automatically discarded. This is more common than one might want to admit and job seekers find they apply for work where they don’t meet the experience needed or even the qualifications. I emailed a job seeker back who had applied to every position we had available. We had about 15 positions and he applied to every single one. We were looking for degree relevant engineer’s who had a minimum of 10 years experience. He was a self taught carpenter. His reply to my email was that he was so desperate for work that he applied to everything he could. Unfortunately the job seeker in question pretty much wasted his morning to only feel more frustrated and fed up. If he had bothered searching further and more sites he probably would have had a better success.

2.) Personalize your job application
Even go as far as personalizing your CV / Resume. If they mentioned a skill in the job description that you don’t have listed in your CV – how are they to know if you have it or not?

On top of bulk applying to jobs each application never had an introduction letter. He didn’t even bother selling himself in any of the applications he sent out. This is a very common mistake! Today people send CV’s from mobile cell phones and as a recruiter what we receive is an attachment with a “text-speak” phrase like “application for job” in the email subject line and no body of text what so ever. No mention of the reference number or additional information that was requested in the first place. Worse still most people don’t setup their phone email correctly. Sender addresses come from default (eg )
addresses which when replied to bounce as non-existent because the email is invalid.

3.) Watch out for social etiquette
Just because they are on Facebook it doesn’t give you cart blanch to pester for a job. Remember you are dealing with a human on the other side and you could be reported for spamming!

In today’s social networking world we find many recruiting companies, job boards and independent recruiters that have their own Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn groups. I have also noticed a new trend of job seekers emerge where they comment each social share. This really amazing me! For example a job is shared onto all the networking sites and job seekers on LinkedIn will comment the job by leaving their email address. Not only have they completely ignored the original post but they have now also made their email address very public. A passerby scammer now knows a lot about you. Firstly he knows you are unemployed and he knows what type of job you would like. Most importantly he now knows how to contact you. Facebook job shares with a provided link now get troll comments like, phone number? Contact details please? How to apply? If the job fits something you would apply to simply click the link a get the relevant details from the original source. Don’t get yourself earmarked as a public nuisance. You could very well ruin your chances of ever gaining employment through the means you are using by annoying social admin staff.

4.) Read the apply details and carry them out as instructed
Remember to mention the reference number and add some details about yourself. Its all about selling yourself so don’t do it half heartily. Would you employ someone who put no effort into themselves?

Just remember that for every job you now apply to on a popular site there is a big chance, that that job has already received over 100 applicants. Don’t remove yourself from the shortlist by making a simple mistake. Read the advert and use the application method stated in the details. This can range from a request to register with the company website, to sending an email with covering letter to even phoning them up! Each recruiter will use a different method, this is their preferred method and they might have a very good reason for using this method. I have seen frustrated job seekers demand a restaurants phone number and have had busy restaurant managers flat out refuse because they don’t have the time to answer phone calls and answer questions to what has been explained in the job advert. Self employed plumbers out on the road might prefer if you call them as they hardly ever get time in front of a laptop so you sending emails might never get your application seen.

Online Jobs For Students

Sell your writing skills to writing jobs market and pay your student loans back.

Many college students are looking for part-time jobs, and these jobs can be freelance writing jobs

Many college students are looking for part-time jobs, and these jobs can be freelance writing jobs. Freelance writing positions provide students and college graduates with work that can help them meet their financial obligations. When you are struggling to find the solutions to your high bills and declining income, you can look to writing positions that are online. Unlike traditional jobs, online freelance writing positions provide you with solutions that keep you where you need to be, both in money and in scheduling. Even if you just need a second part-time job, you can use freelance writing work to help you accomplish your goals.

College was a lot of money, and if you have not graduated yet, it will be a lot of money. Student loans will need to be paid back even if you are not financially able to meet those obligations. While there are some solutions designed to give reprieve to students who do not increase their income through college, it is also true that many students will still have to work to come up with at least the interest for loans that did not benefit the student. This does not have to be you, you can get a freelance writing job to help you meet your financial obligations and accomplish your goals to become debt-free. When you write for virtual organizations, you are able to bring in an income, whether as your first or a second income, writing can be a solution to your money problems.

Writing online can be done in a number of subjects; however, the best paying online writing jobs are typically academic writing services that provide written work to struggling students. Amazing facts – the online writing industry was benefited by the recession, because many adults returned to school to make themselves more marketable to their employer, but were unable to meet their career, family, and school obligations without help – turning to the online writing services to help them accomplish their goals.

Writers able to demonstrate professional writing skills, willing to develop research, and able to quickly provide clients with written materials to use for their projects, are guaranteed to work successfully in online jobs. This is because the academic writing field has a high turnover rate, most people who write for academic writing sites move on to “real” jobs and leave their online income. In addition, not everyone is cut out to be a good online employee, and freelance writing positions  really need self-motivated and self-disciplined employees.

If you are considering working online in any of the different freelance writing positions, ask yourself the following questions: what amount of money do you need to make a month? What type of writing do you prefer to do? What grades did you get on your essays during college? Do you understand how to conduct research? What is your highest degree? Remember that freelance writers also need to have degrees for many fields of writing, not just academic writing. When you have answered those questions, tested your resolve that you have enough self-discipline and self-motivation, then you should begin applying to freelance writing positions that fit your requirements.

By Mary Hobber

Job Application – Why Yours Was Rejected

It is only once their job application has been rejected, that most job seekers get an insight in why their job application failed.

Unfortunately this tells them that with some fore thought, they could have figured this out for themselves. Let me help you avoid these common mistakes, and give you some insider advice on how to maximise your job application success

Job Application: it’s a personnel thing

All job applications do not start with the job seeker, but with the employer. A job is approved inside an organisation through the combination of two forces:

Business need
The manager of the team in which the job will be fulfilled
This is an important insight, as it should tell you that the final decision on who is employed is made by that manager, and that the successful job applicant will be considered the most able to deliver the defined business requirements.

The result of these two forces is the creation of a job description, from which the job advert is derived. Only after the job is approved to this stage, does job application become a personnel process. But not recognising the human beings wholly in the personal exchange – the manager and the successful jobholder – is a key mistake of many job applicants

You and Your Job Search

A job application starts long before you start reading newspapers, crawling job boards, trudging to the Job Centre or chatting to friends. Your job search starts with you, and a clear definition of:

Who and what you are
What you hence offer
What you want to do/see yourself doing long term
If you don’t know what you want to do, then any job will do, and hence multiple job application rejection will follow

Job Market testing

Although you now know what you want to do, the jobs market may at that point in time not want those exact skills, in that search geography, for the pay level which makes economic sense to you. You need to test that the job market is offering that job at the right pay level, and this is where the real advantage of the jobs board driven job search becomes apparent.

Go to your favourite jobs board, keeping the title/skills consistent and setting the pay level to zero. Then open the geographic search criteria until the result shows at least 20 jobs. If you can’t find at least 20 suitable jobs, then your ideal job presently doesn’t exist in the jobs market. Either: go back to stage1 and think of another interim step to your ideal long term job; wait three months; or accept constant job application upset.

The second problem at this stage is having too many jobs to apply for. Again, go to your favourite jobs board, and if after filling in your desired criteria there are more than 100 job results returned, then go back and more closely define what you offer an employer/seek next and long term. Falling into any job will do syndrome means that you are not focusing sufficiently in the eyes of the employer on what you can do well/offer, and hence will be rejected.

Professional CV

Although it disappoints me to say it, as a Professional CV Writer if you approach your job search in a particular manner, you don’t actually need a Professional CV. But, for 95% of job applications, you will at some point in the legal and hence defined HR process need a CV. In the modern world, a one-size fits all CV just won’t get you the required telephone interview: the only output action required when an employer takes when presented with a good CV.

If like many today you heard a friend or someone in a pub used a free template successfully to get employed, make sure you don’t follow the herd: templates mean you don’t stand out from the crowd. Good Professional CV Writers create engaging 2page documents that make employers pick up the telephone, because they communicate that the job applicant has the desired skills to fit the job description, and show social fit with the organisation/manager. If your template doesn’t, how ever pretty it is or however long your list of hobbies and interests, expect to be rejected

Job Application Form

The one thing that job seekers fail continually to understand, and yet employment professional do, is that you can’t beat the odds of where you find and how you apply for jobs.

For instance, as an internal employee offered a promotion, your chances are 90%. For a known person interacting directly with a recruiting organisation, your chances are around 50%. Your best chance of getting employed via a public job advert, be that on a company website or via newspaper, are around 12% on average. Where as a “follow the process” application via a job sourced on a jobs board could easily be as low as 2%

So why do so many job seekers think that they will be successful spending more than 10% o the time on jobs boards? Rejection is bound into and dictated by the where your find jobs and how you apply

Job application confidence

This is the last point of job application rejection, and it is a general issue throughout the current job-seeking world: personal confidence. Job seeking in itself is a job, and it is a tough one. There is research, marketing, paperwork, cold calling, direct costs and worst of the lot: a high level rejection. Even the successful job seekers will be rejected at least once, which means that their success ratio is 50%. I haven’t yet met an unsuccessful job seeker who was in some way lacking in self-confidence. It is one of the reasons that I decided to in part cross the divide and become a CV Writer, because universally in most job searches the CV is a common point. If you read through this article, and are still wondering why you are rejected, then after looking in the mirror get out with friends and family and remember what’s important. After taking a break for a day or two, then go back to applying for jobs with renewed vigour, and seek some help in your job search.

In Part2, we will cover the actual job application process.

A job application is as easy as you make it for yourself, but the one big piece of inside advice you should take to avoid job application disappointment: if you don’t know you, what you offer, and what you want to do, then you will be: REJECTED!

Good Luck!

BY Good Luck!

Ian R McAllister