Each of us was looking for a job, apprenticeship or internship. Some have found their dream job; others are still looking for it. With each subsequent negative answer, they wonder why they haven’t been chosen. If you are one of those people, then my article can be a short guide for solving your problem. Following the advice contained in it, you will give the recruiter a gift in the form of a good application. And who knows, maybe you will give yourself a present in the form of your dream job.

 

Applying for a job

The first stage of looking for a job is finding the offer you are interested in. If you want to work for a particular company, it is worth following its website, especially the career page, since current job offers should be posted there on a regular basis. It’s also a good practice to follow social profiles of a given company where you can see posts related to job offers.

However, if you are not looking for a job in a specific company, you can use various types of job boards, both the general and more specialized ones, which are dedicated to a specific industry. In addition to that, it’s also a good idea to join Facebook groups dedicated to posting job offers since they are frequently updated.

So, what happens when you find an interesting job offer? Check the requirements because as many as 10% of candidates send their application without getting acquainted with the job profile and the expectations it sets.

What’s more, every fourth candidate sends their CV when they don’t meet even 75% of the requirements. This is important because when you send a CV that does not suit the offer, you give a better chance to other candidates. Therefore it’s more than likely that when deciding between two applications recruiter will choose the one that better meets the company’s requirements.

 

How to write a good CV

You’ve found an interesting offer and sent a CV. But let’s take a step back and think how you’ve prepared it. It’s a crucial step when looking for a job since, as research shows, recruiter’s first look at a resume takes only a few seconds. During this time they review the most important information contained in your application and then proceed to a deeper analysis. However, these few seconds have already influenced their assessment. So let’s make the first impression good, right?

 

Contact details

Remember to include your contact details. Though it is a rare mistake, it still happens that some people don’t provide contact details in their CV. No phone number or e-mail address from automatically means that the recruiter is unable to contact you and thus you will lose the chance to work for your dream employer.

 

Should I include a photo in my CV?

Another issue, which is still arousing a dispute, is the matter of including a photo in a CV. It is imperative to note that no employer has the right to require you to include a photograph in your application. You do not have to add it if you don’t want to, but if you decide to take this step, remember that it needs to be professional. A bad photo on a scooter or a selfie (believe me, people still send them) can only harm you. Adding them to your CV may indicate your lack of professionalism and not a serious approach to work.

Timeline

A mistake that is also worth avoiding is not abiding by the reverse chronology principle. Your most current professional experience should be at the top of the list. Additionally, add specific dates to every job you list. Thanks to this the recruiter will know how long you have worked at a given company.

 

 

Additional info

It is worth including in your CV such information such as education, knowledge of specific programs, underwent courses, or foreign language skills. A good display of this information will definitely help. When it comes to languages it is also a good idea to use the official CEFR system. Determining language knowledge in this way is a better practice than specifying it, for example, with the words “communicative” since it dispels any doubts.

 

Hobbies

What can attract the attention of a recruiter is the part of CV devoted to hobbies. If you are interested in something unusual, it is a good idea to provide this information in a CV. Surely a large part of the recruiters will ask you about it during the interview, and if not, let them make you stand out from the other candidates. It is worth remembering, however, that you probably shouldn’t write down hobbies that may be seen as controversial (for instance hunting). You’ll never know who you will talk to and what is their view on that.

 

How much information is too much information?

It is obvious that when creating a resume, everyone wants to present their candidacy in the best possible way. People often too extensively describe their previous professional experience and fill out several A4 pages. This is not the best solution since a good CV should fit on one page. If you want to have enough space to write about your professional experience, you should consider removing items that are not consistent with the position you apply for. A final version of the CV should always be saved in PDF format, thanks to what you can be sure that no one will have a problem with opening it and that it will not have any problem with maintaining your formatting.

 

Recruitment interview

When you send an application, you hope that you’ll be invited to the interview. Once this happens, it’s worth remembering about punctuality. Ideally, arrive about 5 minutes before the time of your meeting. Showing up earlier than that is not welcomed since it creates a problem for recruiters and messes up their agenda for the day.

It’s the same if you arrive late for the interview. If this happens, you should contact the recruiter as soon as possible. For sure you will be understood. The worst, however, is the not giving any information about the delay, which may be perceived as a lack of professionalism.

 

Dress code for the interview

Clothing – it’s another issue worth thinking about when preparing for the interview. It’s a good idea to know with whom you’re going to talk as well as what is the culture of the company you apply to. If it’s a startup, casual clothes should not be a problem for anyone. However, baggy clothing, similar to being late, can be perceived as a lack of professionalism. So if you are not sure how to dress, choose something more elegant – it certainly won’t hurt your chances. On the contrary, it can even help in making a good first impression!

 

What to talk about during the interview

You should be prepared not only when it comes to clothing, but also for the conversation itself. Get a good idea of what the company is doing and who is contributing to it. Browse social media profiles and read a company blog. Thanks to this you can positively surprise the recruiter by praising your knowledge about the company.

 

How to be prepared for the conversation during the interview:

  • check what the company is doing, what is their history,who are their clients, and on which markets it operates;

  • check the exact requirements listed in the job offer and match them to yourself;

  • think how would you describe your hobbies in an interesting way;

  • prepare yourself to talk about your current responsibilities.

 

What to ask the recruiter:

  • how many people work in the company/department;

  • does the department have a supervisor/Team Leader and whether this person will be your immediate superior;

  • what is the career/development path;

  • what kind of benefits are offered with the job;

  • what are the next steps in the recruitment process.

 

Now go and get that job!

 

It is obvious that the guidelines I wrote down don’t guarantee employment. They can, however, help you present yourself in the best way possible. Thanks to them your candidacy can be positively remembered, which may result in the future. So what you’re waiting for, go and get your dream job! Maybe you’ll even find it in ITFAN – check out our career page to find out!