Tip #1: Cover Letter
It is important to accompany your CV with a Cover Letter.
A Cover Letter gives you the opportunity to make a good first impression with your prospective employer.
First impressions last a lifetime – Make sure that your CV outlines all the important information about yourself and how your prospective employer can benefit from having you be a part of their team.
Here are a few guidelines to writing a great Cover Letter:
- Avoid using phrases that are unnatural or unfamiliar to you
- Ensure that your Cover Letter is no longer than 1 page – keep it as short and simple as possible.
- Use your Cover Letter as the opportunity to display your qualities, and how they can be an asset to the company.
Avoid using too many “I’s” as your Cover Letter should be about how the company can benefit from having you on the team.
- Proof read your Cover Letter to ensure that there are no grammar or spelling errors.
Typing errors and spelling errors is often the main reason employers do not further proceed with your application.
- Ensure that you do not repeat what is already stipulated in your CV, but rather highlight the key factors you would like the prospective employer to see which can assist with your hiring process.
Tip #2: Get Certified
Being certified can most definitely increase your chances of getting an interview.
There are certifications one can get for most industries and having these certifications can improve your employability.
Tip #3: Highlight your Accomplishments
Ensure that you highlight your accomplishments within similar roles in a clear manner in order for recruiters/employers to get a feel for how much of a difference you can make within the Organisation where the position is vacant.
Tip# 4: Research your Prospective Employer
Before attending your formal interview, it is important to do as much research on the Organisation as possible.
More often than not, Organisations today tend to ask candidates about their company to see how much they know and if they have done any research before attending the interview.
If you can answer these sort of questions with ease, it will definitely increase your chances of getting a second interview or even being hired.
Tip #5: Follow up
The hiring process can tend to be a time consuming and sometimes even tedious process for employers.
This happens more often than not, and results in the employer forgetting to get back to candidates with feedback on their interview.
This is why it is important for you to follow up with your Recruiter once you have been for a formal interview.
It also shows your Recruiter that you are excited about the role you have applied for.
Regular follow-ups will make you stand out from the rest of the applicants as it shows a genuine interest in the position.