The problem most employers find when looking for a suitable candidate is that they do not meet the requirements of both the position and the employer. Both are different and this is something that must be understood. When we submit our resume and covering letter for a job, we not only need to address the requirements of the job, that is, the functional requirements (the tasks and responsibilities assigned to the position) but also the employers needs. They are looking for someone who is flexible, reliable and genuinely keen in the job and the company itself. It is about showing the employer that you can deliver results with a motivating attitude, backed up by an already existing skills set relevant to the job.
As important as it is to have a tailored and well structured CV that accurately markets your skills and experience, it is also vital to personalise the covering letter to the requirements of the position description. You can imagine just how many applications come through to employers and how many applicants send through just their resume with no covering letter. And if they do send through a covering, three common mistakes occur:
- Writing too much about themselves and not enough about what they have to offer the employer.
- Writing too little and coming across that they are not that interested in the position.
- Writing a covering letter that is completely irrelevant to the position advertised.
So if on the job advert for example, they are asking for someone who has thorough knowledge of Government training programs, then it would be wise to write about your knowledge and experience on that, but keep it to a couple sentences, obviously taking into account the number of criteria.
When a warrior would go out into battle, the most important item that they would bring was their sword. A sharp sword that was long and capable of proving useful on the battlefield. The same goes for when applying for jobs. The two most important tools that you have in applying for jobs is your CV and Covering Letter. A well written, tailored and structured CV along with a personalised covering letter that addresses the requirements of the position can have a substantial impact on the results obtained from applying for relevant jobs. You only have a few minutes to grab the attention of the prospective employer, hence why it is vital to have a resume that stands out. Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is a boutique employment services firm that specialises in writing professional and tailored CV’s to market the skills and experience of job seekers to employers.
You’re all excited about an up and coming interview lined up for you. The day comes, you put on your best clothes and head off for the job interview. During the interview, they may ask you what pay rate you are looking for. This is not something that you haven’t thought about. It’s serious and the pay means a lot to you. It’s the reward that you will receive for all your hard work, taking into account your skills and knowledge as well as the appropriate rate for your industry and level of position. So you might say to them a particular rate you are after, or what you were on in your last role. Some people prefer to say that they don’t have a particular rate of pay in mind, but would like to negotiate.
Whatever you say, the interviewer may just look down at your resume, think about your experience and how much they are willing to pay, then may either mention this to you or say that they will discuss it should you be successful for the position. You leave the interview feeling pretty confident.
A day later, they call you up saying that you have been successful for the position and what they are willing to pay. You negotiate over the phone and soon, come to an agreement.
Not all positions will be advertised and this is something very important to know and understand when actively applying for jobs. Most people will tend to go to typical job search websites and submit their resume and covering letter in the hope of gaining an interview. Then their application will go into a pool of 70 or more other applicants vouching for the same position and with similar or greater skills and experience.
The hidden job market is where jobs can be found through a variety of other means than typical online applications. This is from interpersonal communication through cold calling prospective employers, networking with industry professionals via digital media platforms such as LinkedIn and potentially from undertaking volunteering with an organisation.
Tapping into the hidden job market is reachable for everyone but it does take time and effort as well as confidence. Being confident in making a call to a business and marketing your skills and experience to them and asking if there are any opportunities available. It is worth a try.