When you applying for a job, you’ll need to do a few things. Read the job description thoroughly and then proceed to tailor your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter accordingly. You will want your application to reflect all of your experience which is relevant to the position you are applying for. Spend some time thinking about what you are going to say and how best to say it. Time and creativity really pays off when it comes to job applications.
Once you’ve finished writing the documents, you’ll want to send it in Word document or even better in PDF format. Many IT companies now have it so that you apply online, attaching the relevant documents, links and input general information about yourself. It’s a good idea to have all of your documents in one place, ready to go!
We’ve put together a few tips on how to tackle each area of your application so that you really impress your potential employer.
The cover letter is your initial point of contact with your potential employer. Give the company a good first impression of yourself – explain why you are interested in the job and describe your strengths. Be professional but try to set yourself apart from other applicants by expressing yourself honestly and convincingly.
While writing your CV, focus on aspects of your background that match the requirements of the job you’re applying for, and skip the things that are outdated or irrelevant. The more concise it is, the better it will be. Be clear about what you are saying and take out any unnecessary words! Keep it to one page or two maximum.
What should your CV include?
Name, address, contact details
What companies have you already worked for? What did your work there consist of? You should list this information in chronological order. Start with your most recent professional experience.
Which schools and universities did you attend? What were your final grades? Have you completed a vocational training course? Or, have you done any continuing education courses?
What languages do you speak? How well do you speak them?
Do you have any special computer skills that are important for your work?
What are your interests outside of work? This is the only section on your CV which will give your prospective employer an insight into your personality, so make the most of it.
Include the names and contact details of your previous employers so that they can be contacted by your potential employer for a reference.
- Do your research. Be sure that you know as much as possible about the company, tell them what you like and the things you think you could improve.
- Dress smart but comfortable. You need to be comfortable and able to feel like yourself as opposed to trying to fit into another.
- Be prepared. Have a situation that you’ve been through in your work or life that demonstrates all of the skills that you’ve put on your CV.
- Show your enthusiasm. Let your interviewer know that you’ve an interest in learning and a passion for the technology sector. Are you willing to work hard? Are you confident that you can do the work? Do you want to be the best at what you do?
- Relax. If you are really enthusiastic and genuine, you’ll make a good impression.
- Keep yourself in mind. Is this job right for you? Do you like atmosphere of the company? What can this position offer you and your career path?