Applying for that job!
The job application process can be daunting and nerve-racking if you don’t know where to start. The first steps involve putting together your Cover Letter and Resume to prospective employers. Below you may find some helpful tips for this process.
Putting together your Cover letter
Your cover letter is a short one page letter that accompanies your resume. Cover letters usually provide a first impression of yourself to your employer.
In your cover letter, remember to:
- Address the letter to the person listed in the job advertisement who is recruiting for the role. Make sure you address them formally (Mr or Ms) and that the person's name is spelt correctly. You may want to telephone the company and check their details.
- Tailor your cover letter to suit the position and industry. Address the job requirements or selection criteria listed in the advertisement and link these to the relevant skills, experiences and qualifications. Make sure these are included in your resume.
- State why you are perfect for the position and why the employer should contact you for an interview above all other applicants.
- Proof-read and have another person (with good high attention to detail) read over your cover letter
Introduction (First paragraph)
- Address the letter to the employer (eg. Dear Mr. John Smith,)
- Refer to the position title that you are applying for
- Include where you heard or saw the job advertisement
- State ‘why’ you are interested in the position advertised, organisation and/or industry.
- State what you are currently doing (studying/working)
Body (2nd - 3rd paragraphs)
- This is the "why choose me" section. State relevant skills, experiences, achievements, and personal qualities that make you favourable and suited for the role. Remember to provide examples to back up your claims.
- Emphasise the particular contribution you can make to their business/team and why you are interested in working in this particular organisation.
Conclusion (Final paragraph)
- In a few sentences, refer the reader to your attached resume for more details
- State that you are looking forward to discussing your application with them further in an interview
- Thank the reader for their time and consideration.
Writing your Résumé
Your Résumé (sometimes called a CV or Curriculum Vitae) is a marketing tool to sell yourself to your potential employer. Its main purpose is to win you that interview!
As this is your personal marketing document, you will want the content to position you as the right candidate.
There is strong competition in the marketplace, so here are some key points to note that need to be considered in your resume to ensure that your application is not overlooked and will be selected.
- Have a career objective that is aligned with the industry and position that you are applying for
- List your contact information (including contact number and email address) at the top of your resume.
- Use headings, subheadings and add page numbers
- List relevant education, qualifications and course completion dates
- Explain in depth your previous employment experiences, including tasks and responsibilities involved in each role and timeframe (dates of employment).
- Make sure you illustrate in your resume any tasks or duties that you have performed that coincide with the position description that you are currently applying for
- Use the same terminology listed in the job advertisement to ensure that you meet their selection criteria.
- Have at least two referees the recruiter or interviewer can contact to ask about your work ethic and any other work related questions (make sure the referees you listed will give you a positive testimony).