Did you read our last blog about making your job application stand out from the crowd?
We hope you loved it and to continue with our “employability” blog series, we are super keen to share even more handy hints about making your CV shine!
Here we go…
How are you different?
Many job vacancies can see over 200 applications, and many of these applicants will have the same or similar qualifications and work experience as you. While that seems daunting, you can improve your chances by showing how you are different from the others!
Remember how we spoke about using active language in our last blog?
Let’s use that active language to list the actions you have taken and the achievements you have made.
For example: “I managed a team of marketing specialists in a six-month digital marketing campaign to increase sales” will catch a recruiter’s attention more than “I have leadership and marketing skills”.
This is also an opportunity to make a personal statement about your values, showing a prospective employer that you would be a good fit for their company. We’ve listed some common value statements for you, but please make sure you, firstly, use ones that match your own values, and secondly, check them against the values of the companies you are applying for to see if there are good synergies:
- I work best with others and enjoy developing team-based goals
- I engage others and bring them into the conversation
- I do what I say and follow through with my commitments
- I behave with integrity and always do what is right
- I have the courage to admit that I don’t know everything, and want to learn from others
All experience counts
In the last blog we recommend you leave out old jobs that have no relevance to the position you are applying for.
While this advice still stands, carefully consider what other experience/s you have gained over the years that could complement your application. Examples of this could include:
- Leading a team of students to run an event
- Creating and managing a fundraising activity for a charity
- Sitting on a sporting committee
- Submitting letters to the editor in your local newspaper or publishing articles on LinkedIn (non-controversial letters/articles)
Practice makes perfect
Most jobs in Australia require an understanding of the English language that shows you can articulate your ideas well.
We recommend you run your application past someone you trust. If the reader does not understand what you are trying to say, you might strongly want to consider revising your application. This is a great way for someone with fresh eyes to look over your application for spelling, grammatical or formatting errors. Because let’s face it… a second pair of eyes over anything is always better than one pair!
This advice can apply for both written and verbal communication. If your application is progressed to the interview stage - practice, practice, practice! You can improve your chances of progressing your application even further by conducting a mock interview with a friend or family member, and practicing how best to answer common interview questions – some of which we’ve listed below:
- Why do you want this job?
- What do you consider are your greatest professional strengths and weaknesses?
- Can you give us an example in a previous workplace when you went out of your way for a customer?
- Tell us about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
- How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
- Where do you see yourself professionally in one year, five years’, and 10 years’ time?
Facebook… but for professionals
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account (the basic option is FREE), we strongly recommend you make one – especially if you are applying for a job involving digital marketing or social media.
LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. While it has some similarities to Facebook, this platform can be used to further your career. It is a great way to network with other professionals, and it also connects you with career opportunities related to your skills and experience.
Quite often, prospective employers will search for an applicant’s LinkedIn profile to get a better understanding of their skills and previous work experience. When you see that 62 per cent of LinkedIn’s global audience (as of January 2019, data from Hootsuite) is in your age bracket (18-34 years old), it shows just how important the platform is for working professionals.