Eliminated from the recruitment race and not sure why?
Have you ever considered you were a great candidate for an advertised role and wondered why you didn’t even make it to first base? You see that perfect job, you press the APPLY button, your application goes off into a big black hole and you hear nothing more! Sound familiar? Then here are a few simple things that may increase your chances next time round. Even though these simple little things are well known, it’s funny how often they still keep happening.
1. Read the advertisement carefully. A well written advertisement provides lots of valuable information for job hunters. For example, information about the hiring company, the job itself, the type of person they seek, and last, but certainly not least, the application process – what is being asked for and to whom you should apply.
2. If a cover letter is requested, provide one but only if you tailor it to the job being advertised, and ensure it is addressed correctly. All too often cover letters are addressed to the wrong name, and even referencing the wrong job! These mistakes may give the impression that you lack attention to detail, or that you are really not that interested, especially if using a generic cover letter for all your job applications. It is best not to use a generic cover letter, but take the time and effort to tailor your letter to the specific job you are applying for.
3. Relate your experience or networks to the industry. If you know the hiring company’s name then be sure to relate your experience or networks within that particular industry in the first paragraph of your letter. This engages the reader who is then more likely to read on and learn more about you.
4. Ensure your contact details are correct. I know, this sounds obvious, but often in resumes or cover letters, email addresses or telephone numbers are incorrect. Check the contact details in your application, and why not perform a quick spell check as well?
5. Be available for a phone call. If you are a quality candidate, recruiters or hiring managers usually want to speak with you sooner rather than later. Have your mobile phone charged and ready for a call in the days following your application. If you have message bank all the better…..check it regularly and return a call promptly.