4 Things You Need to Know About Sending a Job Application

So, the time has come to start applying for your first graduate job role. You may be terrified but also slightly excited by the prospect of getting your foot on the career ladder – after all, you’ve worked hard to get to this point.

Unfortunately, the job application process isn’t as easy as you may think. There are lots of pointers to consider that could make or break your chances of getting an interview.

With this in mind, here are 4 things you need to know about sending a job application:

1. Start the job application process early


You know which firms you want to apply to and the deadlines for each job application, so don’t leave it too late.

Some companies put a stop to applications once they have found the right candidate. If you’re planning on sending over your application just a few minutes before the deadline, you’ll have lost the opportunity to show them what you’re made of.

You never know when you may come across other unexpected hurdles, such as a broken W-Fi connection or losing your important documents, so always be well-prepared ahead of time.

2. Tailor your CV to the job application


To boost your chances of securing an interview, you should always try and tailor your CV to fit the exact job role. When you read through a job description, look for keywords such as ‘highly organised’ ‘strong analytical skills’ and ‘flexible’ and aim to integrate them within the skills section of your CV.

Employers will appreciate that you have taken the time to read through the description thoroughly and are aware of what they’re looking for in a candidate.

3. Create a new cover letter for each application


While it may seem like a total nightmare to have to re-write your cover letter numerous times, it’s usually one of the deal-clinchers to get to the interview stage.

Employers want to get an idea as to whether you’re suited to the job and how your set of skills reflect what they’re looking for. Do be aware that your cover letter shouldn’t duplicate your CV – you need to explain your skills in further detail and how your past and present experiences will set you up for the position.

Ultimately, each company is looking for different requirements, so it would be unreasonable to re-use the same cover letter for every application unless it’s the exact same job role.

4. Find referees

Some companies will ask you to add the contact details of referees to your application.

It is respectful and professional to always ask your referees if they mind being contacted before forwarding their details.

It also gives them time to plan what they’re going to say about you. To make their job easier, you could give a couple of pointers on the skills the employer is looking for and how you have shown these in your previous job.