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    Ep.55 How To Stand Out From Your Job Application (From An Employer's POV)

    enSeptember 25, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Tailor job applications to the role and companyCustomize your application to showcase why you're a great fit for the job and company. Don't rely solely on your CV to convey your qualifications and enthusiasm.

      When applying for a job, it's essential to tailor your application to the role and company. Don't just send a generic CV and expect the employer to connect the dots. Use your cover letter or the application form itself to explain why you're a great fit for the position. Now, let's talk about rings. If you're planning to propose, make sure you've chosen the perfect ring beforehand. Blue Nile is an excellent online resource where you can design a unique ring with ease and convenience. And as a bonus, use promo code "listen" to get $50 off your purchase of $500 or more. Returning to job applications, let's discuss what not to do. Avoid sending a bog-standard CV and expect the employer to do the work for you. Instead, clearly communicate why you're a great fit for the role. This can be done through a cover letter or the application form itself. Remember, your application is your chance to make a strong first impression and stand out from the competition. In summary, take the time to tailor your job application to the role and company, and don't rely on your CV alone to convey your qualifications and enthusiasm for the position. And if you're planning to propose, make sure you've chosen the perfect ring beforehand to make the moment truly special.

    • Applying for Jobs: CV and Cover LetterCraft a concise CV, tailor bullet points, and write a compelling cover letter to stand out in the job application process

      When applying for jobs, both a well-crafted CV and cover letter are essential components of a successful application. The CV should be concise, no more than two pages, with the most recent and relevant experience highlighted, and bullet points tailored to the specific job listing. The cover letter, on the other hand, should explain why the applicant is interested in the job and how their experience makes them a good fit. It's a chance to showcase their motivation and enthusiasm for the role before the employer even looks at their CV. Remember, the goal is to make the employer's job easier by demonstrating how your past experience aligns with the job requirements.

    • Tailor your job application to the company and roleResearch company values and culture, align skills and experiences, show personality appropriately, highlight achievements, proofread carefully, meet deadlines, and apply early

      When applying for jobs, it's essential to tailor your application to the specific company and role. Research the company's values and culture, and try to highlight how your skills and experiences align with them. Showing some personality is acceptable, but make sure it's appropriate for the company. Highlighting your achievements and initiatives in previous roles is a great way to demonstrate your value as an employee. Proofreading your application carefully and meeting the deadline are also crucial. Remember, the application is your first chance to make a good impression, so take the time to make it count. Additionally, keep in mind that jobs can fill up quickly, so be sure to apply as soon as possible to increase your chances.

    • Being prompt and professional during job applicationsBeing enthusiastic, prompt, and professional during job applications increases your chances of getting hired, especially when competing against many applicants. Highlighting unique skills or experiences can also help you stand out.

      Being keen and prompt during the job application process is crucial. Missing deadlines or taking too long to respond to emails can negatively impact your chances of getting the job. Employers value enthusiasm and professionalism, and playing hard to get is not recommended. When applying for jobs with many applicants, having specific experience in the field is often a deciding factor. However, showcasing unique personality traits and being professional can also help you stand out from the competition. If you're applying for jobs during your A-level summer before university, focus on being professional, enthusiastic, and prompt in your applications. Additionally, consider highlighting any relevant skills or experiences you have that may set you apart from other applicants.

    • Showcasing relatable experiences and skillsHighlighting freelance work, marketing assets, and enthusiasm can make job applications stand out in a competitive market

      Having relatable experiences and showcasing your aptitude can make your application stand out in a saturated job market. Even if you don't have official experience, doing freelance work or creating marketing assets for yourself can provide valuable experience and demonstrate your skills to potential employers. It's important to highlight these experiences and emphasize how they make you a strong candidate for the role. Additionally, remaining enthusiastic and motivated throughout the application process can help you stay focused and persistent, even when facing rejections or setbacks. Remember, every experience, no matter how small, can contribute to your professional growth.

    • Branding yourself as a long-term candidate despite multiple short-term jobsAcknowledge past job experiences in cover letters, explain the value gained, and maintain a positive attitude to build a strong career foundation

      Each job experience, no matter how long it lasts, contributes valuable skills and brings you closer to your dream job. It's essential to brand yourself as a long-term candidate even when you're fresh out of university and have multiple short-term jobs on your CV. Don't be discouraged by rejections or the perception that your jobs have been short-lived. Instead, acknowledge the issue in your cover letter and explain that you've been actively seeking diverse experiences to build a strong foundation for your career. Remember, a career is not about staying in one job for an extended period but rather creating your unique path. Use tools like Canva to showcase your aptitude and enthusiasm for potential employers. Keep applying, keep improving, and stay positive. Your persistence and determination will pay off.

    • Maximize your job search on LinkedInUse LinkedIn for job hunting as most users don't visit other sites, showcase professionalism with email and resume, only 35% of applicants are qualified, and consider gifting a personalized card for special occasions

      LinkedIn is an essential platform for hiring professionals, as over 70% of its users don't visit other leading job sites. Moreover, LinkedIn offers access to a pool of candidates who might not be actively looking for new opportunities but could be open to the right offer. On a different note, when applying for jobs, having a professional email address and avoiding unconventional elements like photos on resumes can significantly increase your chances of getting considered. Additionally, only about 35% of applicants are qualified for the jobs they apply to, emphasizing the importance of demonstrating your suitability for the role through effective communication. Lastly, for special occasions like Mother's Day, consider gifting a personalized card from Moonpig for a thoughtful and affordable surprise.

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