Are you looking for a new job? In today’s job economy, that is a major feet in itself anymore. There are a lot of college graduate’s who are still looking for a job in their chosen degree field.
One of the first hurdle’s you encounter in the job hunt market is the application. Are you even being considered after the employer looks your application over? A lot of job applicant’s lose out right off the bat with a poorly filled out, or incomplete application.
A proper and correctly filled out application can be the first step to getting you an interview. As a former manager of many employees’, I can attest to the fact that applications that were not properly filled out, where immediately placed in the “NO” folder. The application told me how thorough they were, and if I could read they’re writing along with many other things.
The first and most important part is making sure the application is legible. Nothing worse than looking over an application, deciding you want to talk to them, and then finding out you cannot even read their name, or their phone number! And as much as it may not seem very important, make sure you know the date.
One sure sign of the application going into the “NO” folder was their job history and reason’s why they left the position. Now everyone understands that if you do not get very many hours, or low pay, you will look for employment elsewhere. But some people quit, BEFORE they have another job. Well, isn’t some hours and pay better than none? If the employer let you go, say so on the application. Don’t try to butter it up, lie, or make it what it really isn’t. Some employer’s actually do call and talk to your past manager, and they will find out.
Make sure you fill out all areas of the application that pertain to you. Take your time, and double check everything before you turn it in. Make sure you also have correct phone numbers. And PLEASE make sure spelling is accurate!
Another important thing is to know a little about the place you are applying at. Know the hours they are open, and even their busy times. Nothing looks worse than to put down your available hours as 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. if the place is only open in the evenings. That just shows the manager that you do not have any initiative to find out anything. The manager is only looking for go-getters, and if you do not have enough thought to even know when the place is open, you have no chance of landing an interview.
Another important thing is your dress, even when picking up or turning in an application. You never know when the manager will be out to see who is picking up the application. They might even be the one to give it to you, and if you look like a slob then, chances are when you turn it in; it will not make the “interview” pile. Also make sure you are dressed nice when turning in the application. You never know when you might be called in for an interview as soon as you turn it in.
If you do all of these things correctly, there is still no guarantee that you will get an interview, but it will greatly increase your odds of at least being considered. You must realize how many people are out there trying to get the same job. Don’t you want a little extra edge over all of them?