I just finished school, and my academic studies or the company I worked for closed down. Now I need to apply for new job positions. Can I apply for any positions advertised? The answer to this question is NO.
So what must I then do to know that I am doing the correct thing? How and when do I apply for a position?
Before applying for any positions make sure of the following:
It's almost the most important thing to remember when applying for positions. When applying, make sure that you understand and meet the requirements for that specific position. DO NOT just apply for all and any position. This will automatically discourage a company/employer from looking at your resume/application.
Tip: Look at the advert, the requirements and specific skills etc. listed before applying.
Before applying for any positions always make sure that your resume has your latest information, e.g., your current contact details, full employment history (including exact dates), education details etc.
Not sure what format to use when creating a resume, use Google Docs, or Microsoft Word or you can search for free resume templates online.
Tip: If possible, try to PDF your resume before sending it, it just looks more professional.
Some companies prefer to look at your profile on professional network platforms e.g. LinkedIn.
If you have an online profile, make sure that the latest information is on your profile.
Secondly, make sure you do not post any photos that will compromise your changes e.g. a person in a pub, with alcohol in his hand, who applies for a teaching position is simply a no-no. It creates the wrong image of a person.
Tip: Make sure that you don’t have any images or posts that could discourage a company from hiring you.
Always make sure to check the spelling, grammar and content of your resume before applying to improve your chances of possibly getting an interview. Remember that all and any information in your resume/application should be honest and accurate, this helps to avoid any possible misunderstandings. Spelling mistakes are a big no.
To summarize always search for positions that will fit your strengths and skill sets. Make sure to read the job description carefully to make sure that you understand what the company is looking for and if you meet the requirements. If not then don't apply. When completing an online application form, always complete all the fields. It makes it easier for the company to look at your information. There were reasons they included those questions, so do not avoid them.