How to apply for a job

Are you planning to apply for a job? Exciting! To apply for a job, you typically need to submit a resume and cover letter. You can apply for jobs online, through a company’s website, or in person. Some jobs may require additional materials, such as a portfolio or references. After submitting your application, it is common to have an interview with a potential employer before a final decision is made. Learn more on this page about what you can do to prepare for your application and your interview to blow your employer away.

What can I do to prepare to apply for a job?

It is important that you prepare well before responding to a job posting. You only have a first impression once, so make sure it is a good one. We’ve listed some helpful tips that you can apply when preparing for your job application:

  • Tailor your resume and cover letter to the specific job and company you are applying to.
  • Research the company and the industry to understand their mission, values, and culture.
  • Prepare answers to common interview questions.
  • Gather any additional materials that may be required, such as a portfolio or references.
  • Practice interview skills through mock interviews with a friend or family member.
  • Make sure your online presence, such as your LinkedIn Profile, is professional and up-to-date.
  • Prepare any questions you may have for the employer during the interview. Asking questions shows that you are interested.
  • Review the job listing and qualifications requirements and make sure you match them as much as possible. If necessary, adjust your resume slightly accordingly.
  • Ensure that your resume and cover letter are error-free and well-formatted.
  • Prepare for any pre-employment test or assessment if required by the employer.
  • Make your resume stand out by giving it a unique look by using colors, for example. Also, always include a photo of yourself on your resume, this makes it much more personal!

The day of the application: what to look out for?

Application day has finally arrived. We have some practical tips that will get you through this day:

  • Be on time: Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to the interview, it shows that you value their time and are prepared.
  • Dress professionally: Dress in appropriate attire that is appropriate for the company and the position you are applying for.
  • Listen carefully: Listen to the interviewer’s questions carefully and take a moment to compose your thoughts before answering.
  • Be honest: Be honest about your qualifications and experiences, but also highlight your strengths and how they align with the position.
  • Show enthusiasm: Show enthusiasm for the company and the position you are applying for.
  • Be aware of your body language: Maintain good eye contact, sit up straight, and avoid fidgeting.
  • Ask thoughtful questions: Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the role, and the team.
  • Follow up: Follow up with a thank you note or email after the interview, it shows your interest in the position and the company.
  • Be aware of company culture: Observe how the interviewer and the company represent themselves, their values and culture.
  • Be prepared for salary discussion: Consider what salary you expect and be prepared to have a conversation about compensation if it comes up.

We hope you will successfully get the job with these tips, we wish you good luck with the application!

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1 Comment

  1. Saherada says:

    As a college grad who has had three internships and a few years of working experience with all of my jobs combined, I strongly believe it comes down to company values and equitable hiring practices. There are high level HR managers who make it a part of their job to increase opportunity for entry level and diverse candidates and there are those that don’t seek anything but a resume and job description match.

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