Six ways to improve your job applications

Natalia Wilkowskaon 11 August 2021
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Are you looking to secure your dream job, but don't know where to start when it comes to perfecting your application? Look no further. We've got all the tips and tricks you need.

We all need to apply for a job at some point during or after our studies. No matter what your circumstances are, you’ll need to make your application stand out. Here are some tips on how to improve your job applications: 

1. Consider your motivations

There is always something motivating you to apply for a specific job. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and concerns with a prospective employer. As well as demonstrating your work experience and relevant qualifications, let your personality shine through. Highlight your strengths along with examples of situations when you had to draw on them. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to demonstrating your experience. 

2. Try various courses

Taking part in extracurricular courses can boost your job prospects. It’s also a great way to develop new skills and learnings. The past 18 months have created a remote world, so plenty of opportunities cater to both in-person and online study. 

Identify your skills and think of what you’ll need to apply for your dream position. Set some developmental goals and sign up for any relevant opportunities.

3. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to boost your application. It’s also a great source of life experience. You can become a volunteer during your studies, or during a gap year if you take one. This will help you to avoid leaving gaps in your CV. The experience could even be life-changing and give you a whole new outlook.

4. Read the job spec carefully

Before applying for a job, check all of the necessary and desired requirements. Analyse how suitable you are for the role and apply for the positions that suit you. Gather references from previous employers or tutors at uni to attach along with your CV and cover letter. You can also submit a relevant portfolio to showcase your interest in the role.

5. Streamline your CV

Make sure that your CV looks simple and showcases all of your key skills and qualifications. This will help employers to find the most relevant information. Avoid having too much text, as this can make your CV look confusing. If you are applying for different roles, tailor your CV and cover letter to each particular one. Employers will appreciate the fact that your application is directed towards them instead of the whole job market.

6. Triple check everything

After you finish polishing your application, be sure to reread it. While checking the same thing over and over can be boring, this is a surefire way of identifying any mistakes or discrepancies. You can also ask someone for a second opinion. It’s always better to double or triple check your application instead of losing out on your dream job. 

Don’t stress out too much. There is a whole world of opportunities waiting for you. Don’t get too disheartened by rejections and ask for feedback where possible to inform and improve your future applications. You’ll get the role you deserve eventually!

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Natalia Wilkowskaon 11 August 2021