Applying for jobs can be a stressful process since candidates are not sure about the “success recipe” that will land them in their dream job. In the initial days of job search, lack of confidence arising out of lack of experience poses the biggest hurdle in applying for a position. However, the irony is, once you are well settled and aware of the secret recipe to apply for jobs, you hardly feel the need to job hunt.
As an HR professional, while I was always on the other side of the table i.e., screening and shortlisting, interviewing and so on and so forth, I thought it would be good to share some tips on writing a job letter that can improve your chances of receiving an interview call.
1. Research well:
It is strongly recommended to research the employer and the role you are applying for. Hence, read the job specifications and understand the employer’s need. Visit their website, linked in and other social media accounts to know their vision and mission statements, values, business proposition etc. Try to see if their corporate objectives align with your personal career goals. For instance, if you are a fresher and looking for challenges, a startup may be the company you are looking for!
2. Do not rush through the process:
The above research will help you prepare a specific job letter by highlighting your passion and motivations towards applying for the job. So, prepare a personalized job letter that catches the employer’s attention. Always, cross-check details like the company name, contact person name, spelling or grammar errors that may have otherwise slipped through. Remember to update your LinkedIn profile in sync with the job letter.
3. Adopt their nomenclature to market yourself:
Pay attention to the vocabulary used in their job description and prepare your letter so that the recruiter can connect instantly with your skills and experience. Additionally, the letter should focus on the positive outcome of your daily activities. Use words such as demonstrated, sorted, modified and so on and so forth to specify your action and its consequences.
4. Keep it short and job specific:
Including total experience may not be relevant, since it is likely to divert the employer’s attention from the main skills and experience that are specifically applicable to the job. Hence, any information that does not address the job specification should be omitted or brief reference made towards the end.
Try to keep it short and to the point, i.e., brevity but not at the cost of clarity. And if you are not sure how to achieve it, ask someone you trust for help.
5. A cover letter is a must:
A cover letter is generally a one pager that should be submitted while applying for jobs along with your resume. It is your introduction and an abstract of your professional framework. It has the power to spark the recruitment executive’s interest and excite them to visit your resume.
Once your job letter containing all relevant information like educational background, work experience, competency-based details and personal statement is ready, hit the send button or dispatch it and start preparing for the interview call! Best of luck!
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