What jobs SHOULD you apply for?

I’m not sure about everywhere in the world, but here in Australia we are very literal with who we are actually looking to hire.

When advertising a vacancy we write EXACTLY what we’re looking for. If we want junior, we will specify junior, if we want extensive experience, we will specify extensive experience as a requirement.

So often we get applications not only from those with experience that doesn’t match the requirements of the job, specified in the ad, but also from those who don’t even have experience in the correct industry. It baffles me. Why does one apply for a role where they don’t even meet the job title requirement, let alone anything else specified after this point?

Here are my short sweet tips for applying for a specific job:

1 – Read the advert carefully, then read it again.

2 – Open a word document and cut and past the requirements of the role from the ad, this could be in paragraph form, or in bullet point form , dependant upon the way the ad is written. It can be easier to understand the requirements cutting and pasting away from the whole ad. You can also make it a size and font you find easier to read and break it down sentence by sentence.

3 – Thinking time. Do you actually meet these requirements? All of them, some of them or none of them? 1 out of 10 or all 10 out of 10 of the requirements?

4 – If you don’t meet more than 3/4 of the requirement listed, don’t apply. You’re wasting your time and the time of the company advertising. Applying for any and every role does not give you a higher chance of getting a job. Applying for less roles, with more effort, that actually meet your experience, will give you a higher chance of getting a job. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.

5 – If you meet over 3/4 of the requirements tailor your resume to point this out by using the ads Buzz words, as explained in my previous post.

I’d love to hear your experiences or feedback on these points. Where in the world are you and do you experience this same situation? Do you find you’re applying for lots of jobs and getting no bites?

Until next time,

Resume Mentor

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