Writing a job application is probably one of the most critical letters that we write. The skills for writing job applications generally are taught in classrooms and for many the knowledge stays there. However, writing effective job applications is a skill that will be required throughout your career, whenever you seek a new opportunity! So let’s brush up and learn a few tricks that can help in writing impactful applications.
Remember that job applications are critical, since the decide whether your resume is even opened or not. So creating the right impression with it is critical. 10 hacks for effective job applications:
- Let us begin by talking about the length of a job application. Like any formal letter, a job application should be short and to the point. Giving unnecessary information should be avoided since it will drive the focus away from your resume to the job application. A job application is only a covering letter for the primary document which is the resume.
- Arouse interest in your profile with the covering letter, so that the reader is encouraged to go through your resume. If you write too little or too much about yourself, the resume loses its value.
- Ensure that the covering letter is free from spelling and grammatical errors. Mistakes on a covering letter reflect poorly on your skills, eye for detail and professionalism.
- Use effective and simple language. Writing a flowery job application will get you nowhere, especially if that is not your natural writing style.
- Most job applications are covering e-mails with the resume attached to the mail. Check the format of the letter in terms of the font and color.
- Make sure your resume is attached in a ready to read format, not requiring the receiver to download any additional software.
- Address the letter to the right person with the correct designation. If you don’t know the name of the person, then just mention the designation.
- Give appropriate details about how you came to know about the job.
- Mention your contact details like mail id, phone number and address (if required)
- Do not appear desperate for the job. A professional and dispassionate tone should be maintained in the job application.
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