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.

Cov­er­ let­ter

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.

Cur­riculum Vitae

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?

Per­sonal details

Name, address, con­tact details

Work exper­i­ence

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.

Edu­ca­tion

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?

Lan­guage skills

What lan­guages do you speak? How well do you speak them?

Other skills

Do you have any spe­cial com­puter skills that are import­ant for your work?

Interests

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.

Ref­er­ences

Include the names and con­tact details of your pre­vi­ous employ­ers so that they can be con­tac­ted by your poten­tial employer for a reference.

Inter­view tips

  • 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?