Securing a job is a daunting process for most people. Yet, you have may have seen some job applicants with similar skills and experience as yours ace their interviews and get hired without losing a sweat. What is it that they did differently? Or could it be that they are just "smart?"
The reality is that they are genuinely doing something different and probably engaged in a process you don't know yet. There is a trick to landing any job you want that is known only to few people.
Today, Superprof is letting the cat out of the bag. So, if you have been trying to land an interview with your job applications to no avail, relax. But, then, read this guide to the end to know the proper steps to take that will make recruiters select you for an interview and get you the job you want.
Provided you follow the suggestions in this guide, you will notice some progress and positive changes in your career pursuits.
How to Create a Professional Resume
Creating a resume should be the first step toward a successful job application. Recruiters and hiring managers have various criteria they use to select the right candidate to hire for the job. A resume allows them to compare your skills, qualifications, experience, and certifications needed for the job.
Without a professional resume, how else do you plan to tell the recruiter that you are the right guy for the position? Remember that most times, you won't be present when the recruiter examines your resume to determine your eligibility.
Therefore, ensure your resume speaks for you by including all the relevant information you think recruiters need to make an informed judgment.
Employer benefits and skills are two criteria employers use to access a resume. Your skills showcase your potentials (what you can do), while employer benefits describe what you bring to the table after you are employed.
Recruiters love to see what's in for them. In other words, give them enough reasons to think they have a lot to gain when they eventually hire you. That way, it's easier to stand out from the crowd and probably land your first interview.
While creating your resume from scratch, ensure you include only relevant skills and work experience related to the job you seek. If possible, use numbers to demonstrate your worth and showcase your past accomplishments.
How to Write an Attention-Grabbing Cover Letter
After writing your resume, the following important document you need for a successful job application is the cover letter.
A cover letter is a one-page document that is submitted alongside a job application. Its purpose is to introduce you to the hiring manager. It is not a replacement for your CV. Instead, it is added to a CV during a job application.
Nearly all jobs you will come across offline and online requires a cover letter alongside the job application. And when it is not clearly stated, or you are told that it's optional, providing an attention-grabbing cover letter will give you an advantage over other applicants who considered it "optional."
Follow these steps to write an attention-grabbing cover letter:
- Write a header
- Write an irresistible introduction
- Explain why you are the best for the position
- State reasons why the company should hire you
- Include a call to action
- Use an appropriate closing format
- Format your cover letter
If you followed these steps diligently, you should have an attention-grabbing cover letter before you. But, more importantly, tailor the cover letter to the specific job you are applying for at any time. See a detailed guide here.
How to Tailor Your CV and Cover Letter to Different Job Applications
Each job requires a different CV and cover letter to gain relevance in the eyes of the hiring manager. Does this mean you must write your CV and cover letter from scratch each time you apply for a job? Not at all! Here is how to adapt your CV and cover letter to every job application.
- Read the job description carefully
The first step is to read the job ad carefully. This is important for you to know the skills and expertise the company seeks from the ideal candidate.
- Tweak your CV
This is the most critical aspect of adapting your CV and cover letter to every job application. Please note the skills the employers need in the job and tweak your skills to align with them.
- Understand the roles
You should know your expected duties in the workplace and whether or not you can do them. Ideally, it doesn't make sense to apply for a job whose roles you know you cannot perform.
- Avoid too much information
Your cover letter is supposed to be a one-page document. Therefore, you have limited space to tell the recruiters what you want them to know about you. So ensure you include only the information they need. If your CV and cover letter is overloaded with too much content that the recruiter does not need, they may end up in the trash.
Now, a recruiter is impressed with your CV and cover letter and informs you that they will like to ask you some questions via a phone call. So, how can you get past that stage comfortably? Let’s find out!
How to Ace Your Phone Interview
A phone interview from a company is not a new concept because it started many decades ago, and companies usually use it to get to know more about the candidate. If things go well, they might invite you over for an in-person interview.
Most times, a phone interview could be all the company needs to gauge your competence level, and if they feel impressed one more time, you get the job! It's that simple!!
Here are the best phone interview tips to ace your following interview.
- Avoid wasting time
- Research the business
- Get your credentials ready
- Learn how to tailor your qualifications to the job description
- Practice with mock interview questions
- Get ready before the phone rings
Above these tips, you must know how to answer a phone call politely and give accurate answers without digressing. Before the call ends, you may ask the interviewer any relevant question about the job interview.
Tips for Preparing for a Phone Interview
To enable you to prepare adequately for any phone interview, we recommend you know some possible questions a hiring manager may likely ask you during a phone interview. Here are some of them.
- Can you tell me more about yourself?
- Why do you want to work with our company?
- How did you find the job opening?
- Are you currently an employee of any company?
- What are your expectations from this company?
- What salary range do you expect?
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
- Why do you think you are the perfect applicant for the job?
- When can you start?
- Do you have any questions?
Read this article to see the best answers you should give if you were asked any of these questions during a phone interview.
You must prepare for your phone interview before the phone rings. Also, ensure the phone is before you on the desk. You can also research the company to learn about the type of questions they usually ask. This will help you to answer all questions with so much confidence.
After your interview, you have another chance to make a good impression by sending a thank you letter to the hiring manager or recruitment team.
How to Write a Thank You Letter after an Interview
It is not out of place to say thank you after an interview. If you never had a chance to say that, you can send a thank you letter a day after your interview. It is not only a professional way to thank the interviewer, but it can also give you an advantage over other applicants.
What to Include in a Thank You Letter
- Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to receive the interview.
- Remind them what they said about your cover letter or liked about your resume.
- Explain some valid points that you didn't have a chance to talk about during the interview.
- Ask the interviewer if you need to take any further steps.
- End the letter by writing "thank you."
- Proofread your content for errors and send.
Read this detailed guide to learn more about a thank you a letter, when to send them and what to include or exclude from the letter.
The fact is that no recruiter will frown at your thank you letter. The majority welcome it with open arms.
Getting your dream job could be a big challenge if you don't know where to start. With Superprof, everything could feel like a breeze. From writing the perfect resume, creating an attention-grabbing cover letter, preparing for a phone interview, learning the possible questions asked during a phone interview, to writing the perfect thank you letter, we hope this guide will help you get the job you want and pursue a successful career after that.