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7 THINGS TO AVOID if you want the job interview... : 06 May 2012

The purpose of your job application is to get you an interview. There are a number of easy ways to ensure that your application has the best possible chance of success. Following are 7 THINGS TO AVOID if you really want the interview.

  1. Making your CV too long
    Time is the most precious commodity an employer has. They do not want to have to trawl through multiple pages of resume to determine whether you are the best fit for the role. As a general rule, two pages MAXIMUM. And that goes for everyone!

  2. Including too many images
    If you include a photo on your CV, keep it small and DO NOT include images of your certificates. It makes for a HUGE file size and takes ages to load. If the employer wants see these, they will ask.

  3. Failure to include details about employment dates and job titles
    One of the first things an employer will look for is the progress of your career with particular attention to what you have been doing recently. Employers are not going to chase you up for more information. If these key pieces are missing, you're likely to get the 'Thanks, but no thanks' letter.

  4. Not tailoring your CV to the job
    Every job has a different focus. Your CV should reflect this. For example, a management role requires different talents than a Personal Training role. Your CV should highlight the elements of your previous experience that are most relevant to the role you're applying for.

  5. Not using a Cover Letter
    If the purpose of your CV is to get an interview, the purpose of your Cover Letter is to get your CV read! All ads provide information about the nature of the role, required experience and qualifications. The Cover Letter is where you address each of these elements specifically.

  6. Failure to use the name of the contact person
    The sweetest sound in the world is someone saying your name. There is no-one called 'Towhomeitmayconcern' or 'Themanager'. Make sure you address your application to the person indicated in the ad, if provided. If no name is given, here's a great opportunity to stand out - make a call to find out who to address your application to. Brilliant.

  7. Ringing up and ask if you should apply
    If you are unsure about your suitability for a role (or vice versa), request a Position Description and make a decision from that. If a PD is not available, go back to the job ad and, if you can address key criteria, give it your best shot. If you are approached about an interview, that would be the time to ask any questions you may have.


Take this advice and you'll be well on the way to getting the job opportunities you want. If you'd like to see all '10 THINGS NOT TO DO to get the interview' get in touch and I'll reply with our free fact sheet.

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