4 quick ways to spruce up your job application
Even if you have all the relevant skills and qualifications, your CV may not get a second glance if it doesn’t look the part. Your CV has to make a great first impression, both on looks and the quality of the content.
If you’ve recently been finding it difficult to get a job interview, please follow our quick guide below on how to spruce up your job application. Here are 4 simple ways to quick start your career…
Use better paper
Using high quality paper demonstrates that you really care about the role you’re applying for. Cheap, scrappy paper gives the opposite impression. Take the time to research and find good quality paper to use for your CV.
The density of paper is measured in grams per square metre (gsm). The typical weight you will find for standard photocopy paper is 80gsm. This is the paper we would advise against, as it is too thin and uninspiring for such an important document as your CV.
The ideal weight for excellent quality paper is between 100-120gsm.
Use a good printer
Our CV templates look so much better if they are printed using a quality printer. This shows the recruiter that you care about the role, and will ensure the printed version of your CV looks just as good as it did on your laptop screen.
Low quality printing looks careless and doesn’t show the employer that you are really interested in the role. Every detail, from the font you choose to the paper you print on matters. First impressions count for everything, so don’t let your self down by using an old and outdated printer.
Tailor your CV
Recruiters look through hundreds of CVs each week, so it’s really easy to spot if someone has written a generic CV without giving much thought to the role. Read the job description carefully and ensure that both your CV and covering letter are perfectly tailored to the job requirements.
Every aspect of your CV should be tailored to suit the needs and requirements of the business. You want to make them feel special and wanted, and that you are passionate about the role and the company.
Be positive – what you can do
So a recruiter is looking for a candidate with a 2:1 degree and you have a 2:2 – sending your CV in with no explanation is a sure fire way to guarantee it will find the rubbish bin.
If you don’t entirely meet the job specification, tell the recruiter in your covering letter why they should still consider you. For example, you might not have the exact qualifications but you might make up for this with your experience or accolades you have achieved.
Don’t assume that the recruiter will recognise potential from your CV with ease. They will spend just a few seconds filtering through the pile on their desk, and the only thing they’ll spot in those few seconds is that you haven’t got the qualification they’re looking for. Give them a reason not to reject you, and stay clear from what you can’t do and focus upon what you can.
Transferable skills have to be pointed out to the employer. The hiring manager will be expecting to receive lots of applications that don’t cover all the key skills and qualifications in the job advert. So unless they are stated as mandatory or you know them to be, you should still apply but tailor your credentials.