I’ll bet it would be difficult to calculate how many job application tips are available in books, news articles and blog posts. As I review resumes that have been submitted for our open positions, a few come to mind as the most important. Three things so simple they can be jotted on a napkin (with room left to doodle)…which is exactly what I did earlier today.
Follow instructions. For example, along with a resume and salary requirements, we ask candidates to write “a paragraph or two about why you would make an outstanding addition to the Clairemont team.” If it takes you six paragraphs, I will think you lack the ability to follow instructions and to be a succinct writer.
At the same time, if you apply for a job without the stated minimum experience, your ability to follow instructions can be in question. Instead of trying to convince me that as a student you can do the job of someone with five years of agency experience, consider admitting that you know you are not qualified and offer your resume for future entry level positions.
Take your time. When you respond to a job post and are corresponding with the hiring manager via email, take your time. Pay attention to details. Proof your work. Read what you’ve written again. Think about your tone. I wonder if social media might be making people more causal in other forms of communications. Conversational and professional can — and should — live together.
Resist the urge to cyberstalk. Since Clairemont blends traditional communications with social media as part of client strategies, it is essential that candidates are social media literate. If you meet the job requirements and get invited to an interview, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. If you’ve read this blog before, you might know that @ok2hooray sealed the deal at Clairemont by using social media. She did it the right way. Is there just one right way? Absolutely not, but whatever you do, be sincere and don’t show up unannounced on my virtual doorstep. Let me explain. If we’ve never had a live conversation when you have emailed your resume to me, followed me on Twitter, commented on multiple blog posts I’ve written, attempted to friend me on Facebook and have asked to link to me on LinkedIn, it is likely too much.
Okay now, I need to say why I’m writing this post in the first place. I remember what it was like graduating in a down economy. Whether it was entry level or an executive position, I know what it is like to really want a job. I truly hope that these tips are helpful if you are interested in applying for a position with Clairemont or for any job. Nothing is better than finding a perfect opportunity, landing an interview, nailing that interview and being offered a dream position. That is my wish for all job seekers reading this. Good luck!