NOTE: Never pay any money to any recruiter for any purpose (certificates, medical testing, interview, work kit or any other thing).
Job hunting can be a tedious task and can be even more frustrating when you don’t get any feedback from the companies you apply to.
Here I’ll be sharing some common errors people make when applying for jobs.
1. Reading the Job Description: A lot of us when we see a job post that relates to what we do, we tend to skip what the job details entail. We scroll down to how to apply and apply anyway. This shouldn’t be so, you should read the job details, read the qualifications required for the role and if you see yourself as a fit, then you go ahead and apply. When you read the job details, you’d realise if the job is either beneath or above your current grade, you would be able to decide if the job is or isn’t for you.
2. Copy and Paste: There is this trend that says you have to copy whats on the job advert and paste same on your CV before you apply for a job, Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s a lie from the pit of HR HELL!!! A lot of us have misunderstood this analogy, but I will simplify it. Basically, when applying for a job that’s similar to what you do, you merely just have to rearrange your CV to ensure the main functions that are identified in the job post come first on your CV. Not just job functions alone, it would do well to add your achievements on those functions as well.
3. CV Naming: This particular one is so rampant with the entry level applicants. Entry level here means fresh out of school graduates applying for work. Funny enough, I used to be in this category but this was a very very long time ago. I’d update my CV, save it on my laptop and name the document ‘MY CV’. Do you know how many people ‘MY CV’ themselves? I mean it’s valid to have it as that on your computer but when applying for jobs, it then becomes a disaster for recruiters who download these CVs for review. The best thing to do is save your CV with your name the way you like it i.e. First name and Last name or Last name and First name. Never use a nickname.
4. Cover Letter: The use of cover letter is more important in top level roles than mid-level and junior level roles. However, if it is a requirement for a job application, it needs to be included, and if it is not required, please don’t send in an epistle to the hiring manager.
5. Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Stop forwarding your CV from a previous application. What do I mean? I mean you should always create a fresh email for each job application.
6. Read Instructions: Always Always read the instructions for applying to a job. If the method of application say use the job title as subject of a mail, please do so. Even if It doesn’t, please do so, it helps in tracking the jobs you have applied for.
7. Scanned Cv: Please don’t send scanned CVs for job applications. Its not professional. Some organisations will tell you what format to use, however if not stated, please stick to either Microsoft Word or PDF.
8. Multiple applications: When you apply for a job, please apply once. If perchance you made an error in the first application, always include in the body of the new email to disregard the previous one. Some organisations disqualify potential candidates due to multiple applications for a single role.
9. Email address: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Most High, your email address should be your name. The era of firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com has passed. Please create an email with your name (either first or both first and last name) and use it for your job applications.
I hope with these few tips, going forward, there will be better chances of being called after an application.
See you next month as I will be bringing forth another career write up.