How To Apply For A Job

January 23, 2017 - 3 minutes read

What Employers Look For In Job Applicants

Small business owners field hundreds of applicants any time they post a job description and larger-sized companies field thousands of resumes. Information that appears to be copy and pasted over and over is easily recognized by professionals who review this type of information day in and day out. For that reason alone, it’s important to know exactly what employers are looking for and what you should be doing every time you apply for a job.

Attention to detail

Before diving into the details that go into applying for a job, it’s important to note that attention to detail matters. When reviewing resumes, businesses care about your experience, but they care more about attention to detail. If you’re submitting information that they’re not asking for or fail to submit specific experience or information that they highlight, you probably won’t hear from the employer. Take time to review the job description and verify that you possess the necessary qualifications to apply for the job.

Do your research

Take time to research the company that you’re looking to work for. What is their company culture like? Do they have good ratings on Facebook or Google? What is their product or service like and do clients enjoy the end result? Not only should you be a good fit for the company, but they should also be a good fit for you.

Make a checklist and update appropriately

If the job description and the company all seem like a good fit, re-visit the job description and make a checklist. The list should include required experience, skills, and any specific items that the employer requests. Update both your cover letter and resume to include all necessary information. If submitted information doesn’t contain what they’re looking for, it’ll be placed in the trash and that’s the last place you want your information to be.

Be unique

Include something in your cover letter or resume that makes you stand out from the crowd. Add any volunteer work you may have done or leadership training classes you may have attended. Create a video or include unique information about yourself. You are competing against hundreds (maybe thousands) of other people and this is your opportunity to use the information you learned about the company in your research to create something that you believe will not only resonate with them, but also separate you from everyone else.

Some people say that applying for a job is a full-time job and they couldn’t be further from the truth. Before employers even pick up the phone to talk to you, they are already looking to see if you have what it takes to join their team.

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