How To Effectively Apply For A Job During The Pandemic
April 20, 2021
Applying for a job has always been a daunting task, it might seem even more so now that there is an ongoing pandemic. That couldn’t be further from the case, the same rules apply, with some added caveats due to work from home options being more common now. Your application is the first impression you give to the companies you’re applying to, so make it count.
Update Your CV/Resume
Your CV is the first glimpse a company gets of you, make sure they like what they see. Making sure it’s updated is a great first step. Make sure all of your relevant work experience is written down. You don’t really need to mention that job at McDonald’s if you’ve already got your degree and are applying as a software developer. In the same line as job titles, make sure you include the dates worked and a job description. The job description is the most important part, write down the key tasks you were responsible for, it’s best to look at the job description of the job you’re applying for and if you have experience with them, write those down, might want to reword them though. After all that updating, make sure your contact information is updated and correct, there are way too many people with great CVs that don’t have the correct phone number and email on them so they’re never successfully contacted for the interview.
Manage Your Applications
Keeping track of which companies, which positions, and which job portals you used to do it on is very important. Keeping a small note or spreadsheet is a great way to do this. Note things like date applied, which job portal, which specific job, if you got an interview, and the last time you were contacted. This might sound like you should mass apply for jobs and that is definitely not true. Never mass apply for jobs, it gets messy quickly. Having 50+ applications sent out over several job portals is hard to keep track of, not to mention demoralizing, especially if no one replies to you.
Apply To The Right Jobs
This might sound like common sense but applying for jobs that fit your skillset is a great way to get hired. There are too many people who blindly apply to every open position within a company they like. The recruitment team of that company will notice and will not be happy about it. Your mass applications are sort of like unwanted spam emails. You clog up their applicant tracking systems and when word gets out that a certain applicant is doing it, you lose credibility. Remember the application step is how a company first sees you, so show them you’re professional enough to not apply for jobs you aren’t qualified for.
Follow Up Your Applications
This is a tricky tip, you don’t want to be overbearing like a clingy partner. Once you apply, wait a week to see if you get anything back, if you haven’t feel free to send a follow-up email. Be polite and to the point in your follow-up. Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday, in that order are the best days to send it due to the email reading rates.
Now more than ever it is important to make a great first impression. Having a strong CV, being polite, and knowing when it’s appropriate to follow up are all going to be key steps in applying for a job. Of course, you need to have the skills required, but by following these tips your chances of being noticed and chosen, go up significantly.