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How to Ensure Your Job Application Stands Out From the Crowd in 2013

January 14, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
This is a guest post written by Nick Anderson from How2become; a leading career and recruitment specialist.

get a job in 2013You may well be wondering exactly why preparing a job application should be any different in 2013 than it has been in the past. If this is your general attitude, this could prove to be a major issue for you. The simple fact of the matter is that the job market is set to become even more competitive over the coming year ahead, and with this in mind, you really do need to make sure you strive to stand out from the crowd.

So, let’s get you started in this regard by taking a look at the main components of the application letters you forward to potential employers. You can bet your bottom dollar the vast majority of letters sent into any employer will be generic templates which are used by candidates for numerous applications. This is automatically where you can attempt to knock your competitors out of the pool.

Your job application letters need to be tailored specifically to the role of employment you are applying for. Never use basic, generic templates as employers can sniff these out from a thousand paces away. Within the letter you need to address the particular aspects of the role and how you are able to fall in well with these. You should also do some research on the company you are looking to work for and mention positive and pertinent facts that have attracted your attention to them. Let the employer know exactly why you feel excited about the prospect of working for them.

Don’t waffle in your application letter: remember that employers may well have copious numbers of applications to sift through (especially in the predicted job market for 2013) and therefore refrain from boring them. Keep the information 100% relevant and as succinct as you can make it.

Next, we need to discuss the C.V. you will be sending in with your job application. If you thought job applicants sent generic templates for their covering letters, this is even more the case when it comes to the C.V. itself. Most people fail to adjust their C.V.s in line with the particular job they are applying for. In turn, this will often mean that each and every C.V. received by the potential employer is crammed-full of completely irrelevant information where their advertised job is concerned.

This really is where you can stand out from the crowd. Take a careful look at the job you are going for and then tailor your C.V. to be completely relevant to this. This will usually surprise you in that you should be able to delete a vast proportion of the information and make the C.V. so much more relevant.

You should also take a good look at your interests and hobbies section. This is often an area that can let candidates down as employers really are quite adept at reading between the lines with what is put in this part of a C.V. Take “socialising with friends” as a prime example here: now what do you thing some employers may make of this?

As the job market of 2013 is set to be more competitive than ever, it is so vitally important for you to ensure that your job applications are as strong as possible and that they stand out from the crowd. Bearing in mind that the vast majority of people send generic template letters and C.V.s to apply for roles of employment, this could automatically give you an advantage over a high percentage of your competitors.

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Nick Anderson is a writer for How2become; a leading career and recruitment specialist. How2become currently offers over 150 different titles across a wide range of careers providing insider information to help you prepare effectively. You can also connect with How2become on Facebook