Studies shows that solid preparation significantly increases the chances. Unfortunately, there are usually no easy shortcuts – but remember that the preparation you do in your job search is never wasted and, in most cases, it can be reused if you need to search again.
Do your research
Start with researching the company and the position. Figure out what makes the company interesting and how your competencies fit with the job description. Take the time to read the job description, so that you know all the required qualifications and the key accountabilities. If you know anyone within the industry it can be a great idea to take some time to learn more about the industry, so that you can get some hidden gems.
Take your time
If you rush when making your application, it makes it difficult to make a personalised application and this is obvious for the employers. This will give the employers the impression that you don’t care about getting the role. It will be more time efficient and makes more sense for you to submit one tailored and personalised application which will make you stand out, than submitting five not well thought out applications, which makes it less likely that you get noticed.
Show genuine enthusiasm
An employee who is passionate about their work is worth considerably more than one who is just interested in getting a monthly salary. It is important that you show genuine enthusiasm when writing your application and that you speak the same language as the company. Make sure that you know what the employer is asking for in the job description and respond so that the person reading the application can see exactly how your skills, passion and experience match the job.
Believe in yourself
If you want other people to believe in you, you must believe in yourself. Make sure to stand by your own abilities. If you do so and if you make it shine through your application, it will convince others. Write your application in a way that focuses on the positive impact of your daily work and mention examples of the same.
Keep it relevant
While you may want to include every little bit of the work experience you have, it is important to keep it relevant to keep the employer’s attention. This means that you must focus on the most relevant skills and experience that are specifically relevant to the job. Anything in your application that does not fit with the requirements in the job description should either be mentioned briefly or be left out.
Cover letter and LinkedIn
If you want to stand out more and increase your chances of getting your dream job, you can submit a cover letter alongside your CV. The cover letter introduces you to the employer and gives you a chance to talk directly to the company, emphasising your enthusiasm for the company and the role. Also remember to make sure your LinkedIn profile is consistent with the experience you are highlighting.
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