The little mistakes made when applying for a role

2013 was a hard year when it came to looking for a job. ERE reports that “Although it varies with the company and the job, on average 250 resumes are received for each corporate job opening. In addition, out of every 1000 people who view an online job posting, 100 people will apply, 4 – 6 will be selected for an interview, 1 – 3 will be invited for a final interview, 1 will be offered the job, and 80% of those who get a job offer accept it.”

So we always get asked…what am I doing wrong? Hopefully a few of these steps will help lead you in the right direction.

Applying for any and every job.

It’s a clear indication to us that when we call you, in regards to a role you have applied for, you have been on a “Click Frenzy” when you ask us questions like.  “Sorry what role title was that?” and “Where were you from again?” The real kicker is “Oh…what company is that?” It’s always a good idea to write a list of the roles you have applied for, the consultants name or reference number and the agency or company name that the role is advertised under. Organisation is key.

Not reading the job ad.

So often I get people calling up about a role and asking questions like “where is the role located?” and “Is this a full time role?” when it quite clearly says in the job advertisement where it is located and that is it a full time, part-time or temporary role. If you are calling up to stand out from the crowd or to be noticed then that’s great initiative…BUT…really think about the kinds of questions you could ask that aren’t on the job ad.

Applying for a role you are under qualified for.

  • Don’t apply without considering the requirements.
  • Do apply for jobs that are a bit of a stretch, but at least be in the ballpark!
  • Don’t do “shotgun” applications.
  • Pay attention to the “must have” vs “nice to have” requirements.

Spelling/Grammar errors, in your resume and/or Cover letter.

Firstly…my name is Kirsten. Not Kristen, not Katherine and definitely not Daniel. When a role requires the person to have “attention to detail” spelling the recruiter/HR person’s name wrong is a big no-no.

Leaving Fields Blank on the Application

It is important to fill in the blanks. Whether you travelled, had to look after an ill family member or you went off to study. You may be missing out on a phone call because you haven’t added an explanation about the one year gap on your resume – but 5 other people have.

Follow application instructions

If the job posting says to mail your resume, do not send it via email. When the job listing says apply via a form on the company website, don’t email your application. These simple steps show an employer you can follow process and you have attention to detail.

I’m not saying that if you do these things you will definitely get a call or the even job. These are just steps you could take to help you get pushed over the mark.

Good luck with the job hunt!

by Kirsten Kerr

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