So, you have started to browse through available jobs on JobsTown.co.za and are wondering what the actual steps of applying are? Here is a short presentation of these steps:
- The resume – or otherwise known as the curriculum vitae. This is a basic step when preparing to apply for a job. Even in situations where the application process does not involve sending a resume, building one will be useful for you in order to sort your thoughts out for the interview. Also, if you have a written record of all your previous jobs and classes you have gone through, you can file the application faster. A very important aspect is that, when your resume is required, you tailor it to the job you are currently applying for. Emphasize the skills that are particularly useful for that job and leave out past activities that are not relevant for the current application.
- Calling the employer – You might not have found available jobs listed for a certain company, but you are interested in working for them. What you can do is call and ask if available positions exist and what the requirements for application are. The human resources department will take your call and give you proper information. They might invite you to fill an application at their headquarters or ask you to e-mail or mail them a CV and a cover letter. Do not forget to ask whom the letter should be addressed to and to ask about correct spelling of the specified name.
- The cover letter – So, you find a job you are interested in and a cover letter is required of you. So that you are not seen as a person who mass-emails every company, make sure you know whom to address the letter to – a specific name, that is. Write the letter so that it fits what the job you are applying for requires of you – again, choose the content so that it doesn’t look like a mass-letter.
- Asking for opinions – It is often difficult to notice your own mistakes, to see typos or to realize that a formulated sentence is not easily understood by others. That is why you could ask a friend to look over your resume and cover letter, maybe even someone who has experience in the human resources field and knows what managers expect when they announce available jobs.
- The application – If it is possible, visit the company and hand in your resume face to face with the decision makers. When applications are received online, some might get overlooked. By presenting yourself at the office, dressed up professionally, a face will be associated with the resume and letter and thus your application will be more difficult to be forgotten or overlooked.
- The “after–party” – If you applied online or the manager wasn’t at the office when you made your visit, you can call one day/three days after, to get confirmation that your application was received. If you applied by mail, call a week after.
There are available jobs for which many apply, and you wish that your application is not lost on its way or left at the bottom of the applications stack.