Your job application is your opportunity to make a great first impression. It’s not a process you should rush through. Employers have to sift through large numbers of applications so you need to put a lot of thought and care into it to ensure yours gets noticed.
In today’s post, we’re walking you through all the steps to submit a winning job application.
- The four main ways to apply for jobs
- How to apply for a job the right way
The four main ways to apply for jobs
1. Job boards
Job boards are the most common way for people to find a job in the UK. Job boards include sites like CV Library and Totaljobs.
2. SonicJobs app
The SonicJobs app has some of the most popular UK job boards, like CV Library and Totaljobs, all rolled into one platform. It’s a way for jobseekers to apply for jobs from their mobile phone without a lengthy application process. You can apply to every job with 1 tap and will never get redirected to another site!
You can apply for jobs by going directly to company websites and filling out an online application form. If there’s a particular company you want to work for, you can check out the vacancies section on their site to see what opportunities are available.
Using recruiters is another way to find a job, whether you want to apply for part-time jobs or full-time. Often, you’ll submit your CV to the recruiter who will then send your CV off to a handful of companies who are hiring.
How to apply for a job the right way
1. Pick the right jobs
Never apply to jobs just for the sake of it. This is a waste of your time and energy. Make sure you only apply to jobs that genuinely interest you and will benefit your career aims.
2. Get your CV straight
CV writing is one of those jobs people tend to put off. But perfecting your CV is arguably the most important part of your application. So if anything deserves your time, it’s your CV.
3. Tailor each application
Never submit a ‘copy and paste’ application. Always make sure each application has been tailored to the job and company at hand, focusing on the skills each company is looking for. Employers will know if you’ve not put any thought into your application so don’t miss this step.
4. Give tangible examples
Providing examples in your job application is one of the most impactful application techniques. Instead of reading vague and wishy-washy applications, employers want to hear the specifics about how you excelled in your previous role and what you achieved.
5. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
The last thing you want to do is just apply to one job. You need to keep your options open by applying for several jobs regularly. Finding a new job is a process, so don’t expect to succeed after the first try. Most people have to face a bit of rejection along the way. So it’s important you keep applying for jobs to keep the ball rolling!
6. Consider a cover letter
Writing a cover letter can be a great way to stand out from the crowd. They allow you to expand on your CV and give the employer additional information about why you’re right for the role. But cover letters aren’t always appropriate or wanted. Sometimes employers will specifically state that they don’t accept cover letters, or they simply don’t offer space for a cover letter in the application process.
7. Follow up
You should follow up on every application you make if you haven’t heard back from the employer within a week. Simply give the company a call to find out if they’ve received your application and let them know you’re still very much interested in the position.
Take the limelight
When it comes to applying for jobs, don’t be shy – sell yourself! If there’s ever a time to talk about your achievements, it’s now. Employers need to feel confident in your ability to succeed in the role, and the best way for you to reassure them is to show confidence in yourself!