It’s tempting to send off a job application as soon as you find it. You don’t want to be left behind, so you rush it, and you don’t get the results you’re hoping for. Instead, I want you to take a little longer before you send the final product. In the next 24 hours, there’s a lot you can do to bolster that application further. We’re going to pick on a few things that you can do quickly and effectively.
Learn A New Skill Online
There are loads of websites online that offer the ability to learn courses at your own pace. Some of them take weeks and months, but others can be learned in a matter of hours. You’ll normally be given some kind of certificate at the end, too, which can improve your application. Talk about productive! Make sure you take a course that is related to the job in question and mention it in your CV/covering letter!
Do A Thorough Check For Grammar Issues
You’ve probably already checked to make sure you’ve dotted your i’s by now, but let’s do a more thorough check. The idea of a job application is to impress the employer. They might not be all that bothered about an incorrectly placed comma, but you should be. Use online grammar checking services to ensure that everything is as it should be. Also, ask friends and family to proofread your application before you go sending it off.
Take A Health & Safety Course
Health and safety is a requirement of every business, and it can be a pain to deal with. This is especially the case when needing to train new employees in necessary areas. So, why not speed up the process for them? Take a health and safety course in your local area, and you’ll be learning valuable skills for yourself as well as your job. If you get the role, your employer can then supplement your skills as necessary with health and safety training courses if necessary. Crucially, they’ll be impressed with your dedication. It’s one less thing for them to think about, too!
Go Online To Read Employee’s Experiences
Nowadays, we have the luxury of being able to go online and read all sorts of things about employers and jobs. For many big companies, you can find out everything you might want to know. Interview questions, employee reviews and salary expectations can often be found with a Google search. So, take the time now to do this for the company you’re applying for. You’ll find snippets of info that will prove very useful in your application, and they may just swing the odds in your favour.
Send Your Covering Letter To Be Proofread
Your covering letter is a massive part of your job application, and it will determine whether it is taken further or not. You need to make sure that not only is it grammatically correct, but that it will make the right impression. It isn’t always easy to do this. You can read as many guides as you like, but there’s no substitute for experience. If you know anyone who is experienced in sending covering letters, get it over to them today. Otherwise, seek an online service that can proofread it instead. You shouldn’t have to pay out the nose for this.
Obtain Concrete References
A lot of people write that their reference’s details can be obtained upon request. This is an easy way of getting out the hassle of contacting people for reference purposes. But, you’ve got 24 hours to do this, and that’s plenty of time. Contact at least one of your references to obtain the necessary information. As long as you’ve got someone that is contactable on there, you’ll be in a better position than having no one. Just a quick text or phone call is all that’s needed. Do it!
Visit The Company In Question
If you want to improve your chances of getting the job, you need to stand out. What better way to stand out than to visit the company in question? You don’t want to overdo this, however. Head to their reception desk and make yourself known. They might introduce you to the person managing the job advert, or they might not. Either way, you’ll have made an impression with at least one person in the company. Make sure you present yourself in a professional and polite manner.
Gather Necessary Documentation
For the job you’re applying for, there might be all sorts of documentation that you’ll be required to provide. Certifications for past achievements and legal documents are a common necessity in order to obtain a role. Instead of waiting until you’re given an interview to rush around and find those bits of paper, do it now. If the situation calls for it, you could attach them to the email you send, or photocopy them to staple to the application.
Simplify Your Formatting
The internet has given us all sorts of possibilities when it comes to applying for jobs, but it isn’t always helpful. If you’re going to be formatting your application with fonts, colours and tables, you better make sure you know what you’re doing. Amateurish formatting mistakes can lead to an unprofessional look, ruining your chances. Also, you never just know what software the employer is using to open your application. If the two aren’t compatible, it’ll look messy on their screen.
Alright, so you’re almost there. In the final two hours of the 24, I want you to double-check everything. Go back through that application ten times and make sure nothing is out of place. Grammar checkers won’t pick up on everything, including missed-out words. You also want to make sure you’ve got your facts straight and that you can back-up everything you say. That extra care will go a long way when it comes to the interview stage.
Look how much you can do in 24 hours! There are no excuses; go and make your job application as amazing as it can be!
This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.