Be Noticed! Standing out in a Job Application

Posted by Andrew on January 18, 2017

With the advent of technology and digitalization, it has become easier than ever to apply for jobs. Gone are the days when one needed to sift through newspapers to find roles or go door to door to apply for potential positions. The easiest and most efficient method to apply for jobs is online, either through the companies own website or through recruitment websites such as Seek or Trademe.

The application process is even simpler. Once you have found a role that interests you, a few clicks allow you to upload your resume and cover letter, any supporting documents such as licences and certificates and a few basic questions that you may be required to answer, many of which are often multi-choice and it’s all done. All you can do now is wait and hope for the employer to contact you for an interview.
But in such a mechanical process how then does one stand out to the employer?

The answer is in the finer details. Presentation is important. Always make sure your CV is free from any spelling and grammatical errors and is written in an organized layout. (Tip: Subcategories and headings always help).

Anyone can answer upload a CV and answer generic questions, but taking the time out to ensure that your cover letter is tailored to the position really stands out to employers. It shows that you are genuinely interested in the position that you are applying for and are willing to make the effort for it. (Tip: Always do research before applying for the role).

It is also essential to ensure all your contact information is current and you are available to answer your calls and/or reply to emails as soon as possible during the recruitment process. If you are too difficult to contact, it is most likely the employer will move on to other candidates quickly, especially if it is a sought after position.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, always make sure you are well presented, punctual and polite. From the minute you walk in the door, employers start observing your behaviour so first impressions are always important. Make sure your phone is either switched off or is at least on silent and that you wait patiently for your turn. (Tip: be polite to everyone you meet, regardless of their stature or where you meet them. The person you meet in the lift may be a top executive or a cleaner but how you behave to them may have an impact upon your impression.

Make sure you are prepared for the interview, with spare copies of your documents if required and research on the role and the company.

In the interview itself be confident and calm. Understand the questions that are asked, and don’t hesitate to ask for clarification on a particular question if needed. Be true to yourself and honest in your answers. Allow your genuine personality to shine through. (Tip: Remember you are allowed to ask questions too. It may pay to prepare a list of questions you can ask at the end if they haven’t been answered already.)

Once the interview is over, thank the interviewee and shake their hand. Again make sure you are polite to everyone on your way out. (Tip: It is always nice to follow up with an email to thank them for their time.)

These small efforts go a long way in helping the employer remember you in a crowd of candidates.

Thanks to Miloni Trivedi, our new Recruitment and Candidate Coordinator here at Superior Personnel for this great blog.