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Tips for Getting Your Job Application Noticed

Updated on December 7, 2014

Each candidate for an available job positions wishes to stand out and make an impression. Getting your job application noticed can be a challenging task, especially in the face of severe competition.

Sometimes, a job application will never make it any further than the office shredder. Applicants troubled by the lack of knowledge or confusion may commit mistakes that will determine the fate of their candidacy.

Applying for a job has its specifics and a set of rules that should be followed. Honesty, brevity and confidence in professional skills are of key importance when trying to impress a potential employer. Avoid these common mistakes that people applying for a job usually make.

Grammar and Spelling

Before submitting a job application double check for grammar and spelling mistakes. This is one of the top reasons for employers to turn down an applicant.

Overlooking such mistakes is a demonstration of sloppiness and lack of serious attitude towards the application. They reveal that you did not care enough to check the information you provided.

Selecting illegible and ornamented fonts is another reason for applications to be turned down. The information should be readily accessible and easy to read. No potential employer will bother deciphering a job application, even if the applicant is the best candidate for the position available.

Incomplete Application

Your job application should answer all questions that an employer has. The failure to answer some questions, weather intentionally or by mistake, is a serious reason for your application to be turned down.

Be sure to include information on your educational background, experience and additional qualifications. When answering, be honest and keep it straight to the point. The manner in which you answer questions should be a reflection of your personality – confident, professional and punctual.

The biggest mistake that you can make is to avoid providing information that has been specifically demanded. If an employer has placed a specific demand it is there for a purpose. Find a way to answer, even if the question makes you feel uncomfortable.

Irrelevant Information

Having experience in many sectors will naturally make you want to include all of it in your job application. Consider twice before doing that. Employers are usually busy and nobody will bother reading a 12-page job application.

When you are applying for a specific position, you need to provide relevant information. Never submit a uniform application that could be used for all jobs you apply to. The lack of relevance will show your potential employer that you never bothered to create a unique application.

You probably have numerous hobbies and additional interests. Great, but try to keep them out of your resume. Having too many irrelevant items listed in your application will make human resources experts question your competence in the specific sector. Try to provide information relevant to the position and the manner in which your experience makes you a suitable candidate.

Lack of Relevant Experience

Sad but true – the lack of relevant experience will send your application to the shredder.

Keep in mind that you are just one of many candidates. Only the ones that meet all requirements will make it to the next stage of the selection process. Lacking relevant experience is very likely to get you eliminated right at the start of the procedure.

Even if you lack experience in the specific sector, explain what makes you a suitable candidate. Probably your past jobs taught you how to meet deadlines, work in a team, make presentations and organize data efficiently. You are hard worker and you learn fast. Those skills are usually demanded. Try to establish a link between your past experience and the job you are applying for. This effort will show potential employers that you took the time to write a proper application and that you are serious about getting the job.

Missing or Incorrect Contact Information

Needless to say, your contact information is of extreme importance. Mistaking your phone number is a certain way to get yourself out of the competition.

Make sure that the e-mail you submit contains nothing but your names. Providing an e-mail like is a huge mistake. Submitting your latest work e-mail is also unsuitable.

List your phone number, mail address and address. If you have a fax number list that, as well. The more ways you include of being contacted, the better.

Using One CV for All of Your Job Applications

The failure to provide specific information is a major one. If you use a single CV and motivation letter for all of the jobs that you apply for chances are that you will not be invited to an interview.

Customize the information that you provide. Pay attention to details and show a potential employer that you did your homework.

Your motivation letter should be addressed to the person responsible for the selection process. It should list your goals and experience in the specific sector rather than some general information.

Supportive details that tell more about your experience and personality are fine, as long as these do not interfere with the main statement of your job application. Human resources experts lack hours of free time. Keep your application short and focused. Anything that diverts and meanders too much will directly reach the company’s shredder.

Before submitting a job application, determine your goals and strengths. Use these to build your resume and application. Be concise, frank and professional. Try to understand the psychology of a potential employer, show respect, understanding and willingness to cooperate. Following the plan you initially drafted will help you pass the first examination stage and avoid the neglect of your job application.


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