Necessary since the first hurdle needs to be taken. If your application is inaccurate, irrelevant, and unconvincing, it will land on the “decline” pile of the recruiter’s desk. This will prevent you from being invited to an interview and thus proving your fit to a potential employer. Insufficient, since it is only the first hurdle. The following ones have at least the same height. They represent the next countries you want to visit.
Still, especially your resume plays an exceptional role.
If you keep it current and follow a few simple guidelines, you have a competitive advantage against other applicants. In addition, you can use it to build and foster a relationship with recruiters. They can help you to have an outstanding career. Therefore, the resume is your most critical career document. The time you are going to invest in all application files will pay off in many ways. Guaranteed! Hence, let us get started: This is about your dream job. Your professional career. An important part of your life!
Let us start with the cover letter. This document has a trisection regarding content and format as well: The firm and its specific job posting requirements. Your individual capabilities. Moreover, the marriage of those. Indeed, you can compare an application to a proposal of marriage. You have the expectations X. I have the capabilities Y. X and Y fit perfectly together. How do you bring these three paragraphs to life? Let us take a closer look.
First off, gather relevant information about your potential employer as well as gain clarity about the specific job requirements. Hit the internet!
On the homepage, you can find primarily general company information. In addition to the basic stuff (e.g. industry, products, services, key figures, vision and strategy), I recommend you to investigate the historic financial developments as well as forecasts.
Update it at least twice a year. Just take half an hour and reflect upon your role and responsibility changes as well as accomplishments in the last six months. Since you will maintain your resume in a reverse chronological order, extend the upper text block, or just add a new one at the top of the page (in case your role or employer changed).
In addition, the resume contains a header with your name, postal plus email address and phone number. Full stop. No photo, no date of birth, and no parental jobs.
Finally, close your resume with a footer, which shows your most recent qualification. Additional specific capabilities and language skills only if the job posting requires it.
Those comprise your diploma (or equivalent), references of current/previous employers and further certificates.
Afterwards you merge all documents into a PDF format. There are actually tools, which you can download from the internet.
In the last step, you attached the complete application document to an email or upload it to the online application system of the company (alternatively as separate documents if required).
Some people sacrifice effectiveness on the altar of efficiency. They apparently like certain parts so much that they simply reuse them for other cover letters. Nothing wrong with that if this is about common phrases. Be aware of content generalization though. Instead, consider company and job profile specifics to effectively match your individual capabilities compellingly. This is the only way to success.
“Why should I call the company beforehand? The job posting already contains all information I need for the application.” Yet you want to religiously initiate a first contact by phone. Reality shows that this approach is much more successful. Duh: Also in sales warm approaches are more effective. Similar to this, applying for a job means offering your skills and experiences to a potential buyer.
Grammar and Spelling Mistakes
You may be a linguist and be convinced that your application is flawless. Requesting review from a qualified person needs to become second nature though. Nothing beats the four-eye-principle when it comes to grammar and spell checking. It is just sad to see folks being rejected just because of ignorance.