The importance of double checking your job application before it’s sent.

I’ve been helping a friend of mine who recently decided that he couldn’t continue at the job he had, find a job he think he would be happy at. He claims that he needs a change in scenery and challenges. It’s been a rough five weeks for him as far as the job search process goes, since he’s having a tough time getting a response from the jobs that he applied for. But this can be blamed on him being very picky in the jobs he applies for. BTW, are you following the career video series ‘The Work from Home Minute” on my Youtube channel? There’s a video I did on this topic there.

His daily routine includes checking several career and job posting websites which caters specifically to the type of job he’s looking for. It’s amazing how we can now zero in with our job search with the abundance of niches specific career sites there are online today. Additionally he subscribed to several RSS feeds that deliver vacant jobs to his rss reader and I suggested that he should set up a Google alert for the type of job he’s looking for. Basically Google will send him updates when the keyword he entered is mentioned online directly to his email.

He finally lucked out a few days ago and not only found a position that seemed perfect for what he was looking, but in a matter of hours he found another job that was very similar to the first. Both jobs were located fairly close to where he live, but as an added bonus they allowed for telecommuting. So he had the option of working from home a few days a week, providing he landed the job. He was even more excited at the “challenge” these two positions seemed to posses.

I helped him to craft an excellent cover letter that zeroed in on all the employer was looking for and tailored his resume for the first position. He sent off his application with his fingers crossed and there was a glow of confidence in him when we discussed his chances at landing this one. The second job he did the same thing and was excited at his prospect of landing either job as he felt he had the skills the employers were looking for. However in his haste to send the second application out, he failed to edit his cover letter with the correct company and contact details, not to mention he didn’t edit the position title he was applying for. Basically the cover letter he sent out applied to the first position and had nothing to do with the second job. As you can tell, I didn’t help with the application of the second position, nor did he get feedback from any one else.

What can we learn from this? Always double check everything before sending out an application to an employer. After that application leaves your email program, is faxed or sent by traditional mail, it’s gone. There’s no stopping it to make edits or changes and it’s the make or break as far as getting considered for an interview. Make it a rule to not only double check things, but have someone else look it over for you as well. It’s always good practice to have an extra set of eyes look for errors etc.

Here’s one more tip as far as emailing out your resume and cover letter to a potential employer. Email a copy to yourself as you would an employer. This will allow you to see exactly what an employer will see when you send out the actual application. Look for formatting issues, check to see if your email goes in the junk folder or inbox and pay attention to the attachments if you included any. Ensure that you can open the attachments without any problems.

Are You Making This Critical Job Application Mistake?

So you’ve applied for what you think is a “dream job” and you’re patiently waiting to hear back from the hiring manager. But wait! It’s been more than 3 weeks and still not a word about a possible interview. In our haste to apply for jobs we get excited about, there’s a vast majority of us who tend to overlook some of the basics when apply for a posted vacant job. As I’ve pointed out in the past, it’s very important to apply for jobs as soon as they become available so you can get the “jump” on other job seekers applying for that particular job. This means checking the classifieds and job listings websites as often as you can. Make it a daily routine if you can. In this video I’ll touch on a mistake that I’m sure you’ve made at least once in the past and how to avoid making that mistake again, as it will cost you ever getting a response from the employer. Do leave me your comments below…

How to target your application to fit the specific needs of the employer.

One of the biggest mistakes I see job seekers making on a daily basis, is saying everything the employers doesn’t necessarily want to hear. Employers are usually very busy people and the mere fact that they’re looking to hire someone is clear indication that they’re up to their neck in work and need help. So the very last thing they’ll want to do, is go through a maze to know if you fit the profile of the employee they’re looking to hire.

Here’s what I’ve noticed over the past 11 years when dealing with  job seekers and employers alike. The sad reality is that most job seekers look at 2 things when they see a posted job. The job’s title to see if it’s the type of jobs they’re looking for and the skills requirements that’s needed to perform said job. But there’s so much more to a job posting that’s prevents qualified applicants from ever getting past the job application step.

The job’s description is a good place to start, pay close attention to exactly what the potential employer is looking for. Not just skills but the actual duties involved. Then when you respond, key in on those specific areas and force home that fact that you can do all that they want. Highlight those areas very prominently in your application and this will not only make it easier for the ‘busy’ employer to find but it will show them that you pay attention to details. Something every employer homes in on, like a shark to blood. If you can’t act on instructions, you’ll never be able to complete assigned tasks competently.
Before I wrap up this article I’d also like to suggest that you pay very close attention to the specific application process itself. If the employer says to contact them via email and put a certain title in the subject of the email. Do so. They may be using a filtering process to make sure only job applications gets to their inbox. Chances are your application will never be seen or taken serious if you can follow simple instructions on applying.

Good luck with your job search and be sure to check out my website if you’re interested in applying for work or getting career advice.