1. Research your on-line presence & your email address
Make sure you online presence is squeaky clean. Employers and recruiters often scour the internet looking for you, and any negativity they see can push you to the back of the pack. Email addresses? Simply your name only
2. Write your CV
Some companies require a CV and a cover letter in addition to a job application. When you submit a CV with your job application, it's important to be sure that your resume is a match for the job you are applying for. Here's information on resume writing, plus CV examples and templates.
3. Write a covering letter
Do you need to write a cover letter to apply for a job? Here's all the information you need to write an effective cover letter that will get your application noticed. If you take it one step at a time, you'll soon be an expert at writing cover letters to send with your CV.
Write a cover letter, if necessary. Make sure it is specific to both the company and the job. If possible, address the contact letter to a specific contact person. This demonstrates that you took the time to research the information and are not simply mass-emailing every employer you can find. Consider discussing the following topics in your cover letter:
Different Types of Cover Letters
There are three general types of cover letters. Choose a type of letter that matches your reason for writing.
4. Get a 2nd or 3rd option
Get a second (or third) opinion. Ask friends or family members to review your resume and cover letter for typos. They may be able to point out things that are missing, or items that could be rephrased.
5. Locate your reference
Locate references. Though you may not have to provide a list of references right away, it is wise to tap people early to ask whether they would consider being a professional reference for you.
6. The application process
Apply. Once you have fine-tuned your resume and cover letter, it is time to begin the application process. Applications are typically submitted in one of three ways:
7. The follow up
Follow up. Checking on the status of your application shows your interest in the position and ensures that your application materials have made it to the appropriate person. Calling right away can seem demanding and off-putting. Follow these suggestions for reaching out:
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