If you search for application tips and tricks, you’ll be inundated with countless lists of how to make a stand out application. Here are our 10 hacks for setting you on the right track for getting that job you really want:
1. Tailor your application to help it stand out
Sending in the same cover letter for different jobs won’t get you an interview. In fact, when recruiters see a generic cover letter they will put it to the bottom of their pile. It makes them question, if you’re not willing to put in the effort for an application, are you willing to put the effort into your work?
2. Keep it simple
Make it easy for the employer to read your application. Using bullet points and short paragraphs makes it a lot easier to read than solid blocks of text.
3. Font and layout
This isn’t the time to be creative. Stick to a standard font throughout, as an obscure font or changing between different fonts in the same document will put an employer off. Make sure the layout is clear, using a larger font size for the title, a slightly smaller font size for paragraph headings and then a standard font size for each paragraph. This will ensure your application flows from one point to the next and make it as easy as possible for the employer to follow.
4. Buzz words
Use 4-5 words that best describe you and use them throughout your application. This will ensure you are getting across a clear message of your best attributes. However, be sure to avoid generic phrases that everyone uses in their application! Take a look at the terms you should avoid in your application.
5. Stay current
Are your qualifications up-to-date? Seeing achievements from years back isn’t appealing to employers, they want to see that you’ve kept on top of your area of expertise.
Do the experiences on your application match the job specifications for the role you’re applying for? If not, it will look as if the role doesn’t suit you and you’ll be less likely to be selected.
7. Check, check and check again
Spelling, grammar and formatting all need to be checked multiple times. You will miss things the first time round, so take the time to double and triple check your work.
8. Clean up your social media
What do your social media accounts say about you? Employers sometimes check social media to see if you will match the job or company you are applying for. Stay on top of what posts people can see and check your privacy settings. Read through our advice for improving your social media presence while job hunting.
9. Google yourself
Do you know what comes up if you Google yourself? Things that you might have forgotten about can still surface with the tap of a button. Even if you think these old blogs and accounts don’t exist anymore, it’s always worth checking.
Don’t give up! If you’re reading this article then you’re heading in the right direction. So take these hacks on board and keep trying, you will get there. Take a look at our articles on staying motivated while searching for jobs and coping with rejection.
If you think you’re already doing these tricks and still having trouble getting that yes, take a step back and have a fresh look to see if you’re applying for the correct jobs. Maybe your application is aimed towards a different sector? It could be worth trying something new.
Either way, keep working, follow the steps above, create your stand out application and your opportunity will come!
Find out how to write a successful job application in our article.
Last updated on 25 August 2022Share this article