Job Application Tips

Each employer has their own preference on how they want to received job applications. It is important for job applicants to follow instruction since some employees consider this as an advantage. The information included here serves as a quick reference on how to make your application stand out.

Put yourself in the employer’s shoes
Your application is not the one that employer will receive. Therefore, try to cooperate with the employer and see things from their point of view. Some employers want applicants to fill out application forms as their office even if the application has already sent them his/her Resume.

Keep an open mind
Do not prejudge any opportunity without considering the possibilities. Use your job search  process as a chance to discover yourself. Some employers require job applications to undergo personality tests, while others may consider your for opportunities that you may not have considered. All the same, it is about what someone else may see in you.

Dollars and sense
The money you want to earn has to make sense. Sometimes, certain employers want to pay too little and there are also employees who want to earn too much. Do not compare salaries with your peers. Sometimes the job title may be identical but the job scope may be very different.. Be sure to think about the career path and opportunities that the position offers. A good place to find out what you can possibly earn is the job pages in the newspapers as some employers advertise salary levels. Read the job description which may be included in the advertisement carefully. You can also get accurate salary information from a reputable Human Resource Consultancy like Business Trends.

Develop a strategy
Take a strategic approach to your job search. Study the market on opportunities available and your competition. Who are the people who are likely to compete with you? What is their profile? What strengths or weaknesses are they likely to have? Also, think about your own unique selling proposition – what do you have to offer?

Make the effort
Finding a job is easy but looking for a great job always requires effort on the part of the applicant. Go the extra mile, treat the job search process as a learning opportunity and challenge. No one loses out by putting in the effort. So if you asked by an employer to do some ‘homework’, do so. Some employers tend to set tasks for prospective employees to do. Usually they are not testing the applicant on the content of the project but on their willingness to try something new. Such employer is actually saying “I am interested in you – I am willing to make the time for you, but are you willing to make the time for our company?”

Questions to consider before applying for a job

  1. Are my qualifications and experience suited for the job I wish to apply for?
  2. Do I have a particular skill or qualification that may be utilized fully in this job?
  3. What type of career prospects does this job offer?
  4. Does this job meet my overall career objective?
  5. Is this job congruent to my beliefs and values?
  6. What are the learning opportunities offered by this job and company?
  7. Does the work environment suit me?


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