Do’s and Don’ts of Applying to a job

Stand out from the crowd with our do’s and don’ts of applying to a job. Avoid common mistakes and learn how to put your best foot forward with our helpful tips.

Did you know, most jobs receive up to 250 job applications? With so many competitors, you need to make sure that your application stands out. Ready to get a job? Follow our do’s and don’ts of applying to a job and be one step closer to your interview.

Do’s of Applying to a job

The do’s and don’ts of applying to a job can make or break your application. But instead of focusing on what can go wrong, take a look at what you can do right to get the job. The do’s of applying to a job are listed below:

  • Read the job post requirements
  • Do some additional research of the company
  • Make sure you have relevant experience
  • Match the job to your qualifications
  • Keep your CV short
  • Include a cover letter
  • Send your updated contact details  
  • Have all your supporting documents ready
  • Apply to a job within your range

Read the Job Post Requirements

Want to know if you are the perfect candidate? Then carefully read through the requirements of the job post. This will give you an idea of the company and what your duties will be. If the job posts match your skills and experience, then you should definitely apply.

Do Some Additional Research of the Company

The job post will outline what your tasks are at work. But to give you a better understanding of what the company does, you should do some further research. Check out their website or social media pages. Doing so will help you decide if this is the right field and career for you.

Make Sure you Have Relevant Experience

When applying to a job, experience is vital. It proves you have been able to put your skills into practice. The more experience the job requires, the higher the job position will be. If you don’t have enough experience, try applying for an entry level position or internship.

Match the job to Your Qualifications

Studied a financial management course? Then try to find a job in business and finance. When you get a job that matches your qualifications, you stand a better chance of gaining relevant experience. 

Keep Your CV Short

The recruiter takes only a few seconds to go through a CV. So aim to keep your CV short, updated and concise. A CV with one – two pages works perfect. Be sure to mention your skills and experience first, followed by your qualifications and references.

Update Your CV and Contact Details 

Whenever you have a new job or gain new skills, you need to add it to your resume. This will prevent any gaps in your CV. Add the relevant and updated skills and experience first. Don’t forget to add your updated contact details as well. 

Include a Cover Letter

A cover letter is a great way to highlight what you have mentioned in your CV. As a supporting document, it is a great way to outline what goals you would like to achieve in your career.  Personalise it to the job you are applying to and say why you’ll be the perfect fit.

Have all Your Supporting Documents Ready

It’s quite common for an employer to be in contact with an applicant. They may ask you for additional information or supporting documents before approving your application. When this happens, make sure you have all your supporting documents ready. This includes qualifications, matric and certificates.

Apply to a job Within Your Range

Last but not least, apply to a job within your range. This includes your range of skills and experience. If you do not meet the requirements, you will be met with rejection emails. The job post will give you a clear indication of whether you meet the requirements.

Work From Home – Have the Equipment Ready

In this day and age, many jobs allow you to work from home. If you are applying to a remote job, make sure you meet the technical requirements that will allow you to work at home. This includes a computer or laptop, stable internet connection and relevant updated software.

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Don’ts of Applying to a job

Got the do’s down? Well now it’s time to look at what you shouldn’t do when applying to a job. Even if you know what not to include in your CV, there are still pretty common mistakes you can make. Below are the don’ts of applying to a job:

  • Don’t lie
  • Avoid sending a CV with limited information
  • Don’t forget to send the required documents
  • Avoid only looking at the salary expectation
  • Steer clear of personal details
  • Do not mention unnecessary information
  • Avoid applying if you aren’t willing to relocate

Don’t Lie

Whether you are applying to a job, or during the interview, lying is a no-no. If you are questioned about your skills and experience and cannot provide evidence, you will be caught. In the case that you get the job, you could lose your positions and get a bad reputation.

Avoid Sending a CV With Limited Information

Lying in your CV is one thing, but having limited information is not good either. When there is no information, the recruiter won’t have a reason to employ you. If you do not have experience or qualifications, make this clear. You can also add your soft skills to fill the gap.

Don’t Forget to Send the Required Documents

If the job post asks you to include necessary documents or a portfolio, don’t leave it out. Your application will be overlooked as they will only consider applicants who completed the job post requirements. 

Don’t Only Look at the Salary Expectation

Seeing R40k a month might seem like a dream to you. But that shouldn’t be your only motivation when applying to a job. Salaries like that should be matched with years of experience and top industry skills. 

Stay Clear of Personal Details

When applying to a job, do not include personal details like your ID, cell phone number and home address. This valuable information can easily fall into the wrong hands. Once your interview is successful, then you can provide your personal details.

Do Not Mention Unnecessary Information

Remember that you should keep your application short. A great way to do this is by only adding relevant information. Adding unnecessary details could take the focus away from your skills and experience. It can also bring down the quality of your application.

Avoid Applying if you Aren’t Willing to Relocate

If your dream job is in another province, you might be wondering if you should relocate for the job. But if relocating is out of the question from the get-go, then do not apply. Employers will accommodate applicants who are closer to the office and will be able to commute.

Following up on Your job Application

After applying, you’re probably excited to get an answer straight away. But you need to give the recruiter a chance to review your application. Following up on your application is fine, but once is enough. Sending emails repeatedly could ruin your chances, as it can be seen as unprofessional. 

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Last Updated: June 3, 2022

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