Thinking of getting back into the job search? Are you considering a career boost or possibly a complete career change? Are you just exploring your options? Whatever the reason may be, the job search is a big step.
Every job field is unique to its goals, experiences and skill requirements. However, there are some very key qualities that every recruiter is seeking in a new, potential employee. Making sure to check these steps off of your list when applying for a new job will greatly increase your chances of standing out amongst other applicants.
- Resume: Just about everyone will tell you to put the extra effort into your resume. A thoughtful, well-written resume stands out among the thousands of messy resumes. This doesn’t mean that you need to have a resume that’s embellished with graphic art and special fonts; however, submitting a clean resume that is thought out and neat will show the employer that you care about presenting yourself in a professional manner.
- Cover Letter: Recently, there has been a lot of back and forth over whether or not cover letters really matter. Every company is different, and while some only check over your resume for experience, others may need an elaboration of your skill set which you’re able to provide in your cover letter. Write a brief and clean cover letter highlighting why you’re applying for the job, what experience you have in relation to the job, and what makes you a good candidate. It will go a long way.
- Follow Up: Every city’s job market is different, and every company operates in its own manner. Once you’ve sent in your resume and cover letter to the recruiter, save the email address to which you submitted your information. Wait 3-5 business days to see if you receive a response, and if not, send another email. In this email, briefly remind them of who you are, why you’re contacting them, and simply explain that you wanted to follow up and reiterate your interest in the position.
Applying for a new job can be a timely process, and it is easy to cut corners if you’re feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. The important thing to remember is that if you put the extra effort into your application process, someone will notice. And the company that appreciates your extra effort is the company you want to work for.