How to submit a winning application

Published on: Aug 8, 2013

Covering letters, emails or online application forms are a crucial part of the recruitment process. It is where you summarise your skills, experience and professional history – and it could determine whether or not a recruiter calls you in for an interview.

So what can you do to make sure they work for you and grab the attention of prospective employers?

1. Tailor your application for the specific job. You're making a case for why you're suitable for a job. Clearly outline some of the skills and experience you possess, along with specific examples of where these were needed.

You might have a wide range of professional experience, but not all of it will be relevant for the position you are after. Aim to tailor your application accordingly, pushing those points that demonstrate you fit the bill. Keep the job description and needs of the firm in mind at all times.

2. Be truthful. You must make sure everything you include is 100% true. You’ll soon get found out if an interview panel decides to start asking questions about certain claims, so don’t embellish the truth.

3. Check for mistakes. An application can quickly get overlooked if it contains any spelling or grammatical errors. It’s vital you check it thoroughly and maybe even get somebody else to read through it before you send it off.

4. Comply with recruiters instructions. Every recruiter will have their own way of finding the right candidates for a job, therefore if they ask for something specific, make sure you follow their requirements. They could be evaluating your attention to detail and ability to follow instructions.

Finally, round off by stating when you might be available to come in for an interview – and don't forget to include contact details in your letter so that they can get in touch.

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