It's the little things that count

Posted by Andrew on April 27, 2017

A job application can often seem overwhelming in the amount of paperwork that needs to be filled out. Whether it is a digital application or a physical form, there are numerous boxes to fill, check and double check before submitting an application. It is important to check the tiny details so everything is accurate and well presented.

Names – It is important to make sure your legal name is on a job application, as this will be used for verification during processes such as police checks, driver checks etc. Make sure your name matches the one on your identification documents.

Contact details – Make sure you provide contact details which are easily accessible. Preferably give two phone numbers, and state your preferred contact. Activate and regularly check your voicemail and text messages in case of missed calls. Also there is no point in providing an email address if you never check it, so make sure that you stay updated on your modes of communication. Also if you are providing referee details, check their numbers and email addresses yourself before providing them to an employer.

Skills – Before applying for jobs, make sure all your licenses or certificates for special skills such as first aid, health and safety etc, are current and still valid. Expired licenses are of no use unless they are renewed, so doing it before you apply for roles will ease the hiring process.

Convictions – If you have had any convictions, it is a good idea to check whether they still appear on your record. Although most employers conduct a police check regardless, this allows you to answer questions about your history with confidence as you already know how it could affect your employment chances. The same rule applies for drug and alcohol tests. Be honest and it will be more beneficial in the long run.

Spelling and Handwriting – This may seem like an obvious one, but it is very important to check spelling. Presentation is important, especially on your CV and cover letter. Thus always make sure you proof read your application before submitting it. Make your handwriting legible. If the hiring manager cant decipher your words, then it is not a good look for you. Your handwriting does not have to be a work of art, but it should at least be easy to read and tidy.

These details may seem tiny, but they are important for the overall picture. At the very least, if not help, they will significantly save you from potential harm in your application. After all it’s the little things that count.