So you have everything organised and you’re ready to start shooting off applications.
Before you pull the trigger, here is a checklist of everything you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd.
1. Plan your attack
Do some research and make a list of employers and the kinds of jobs that you want to target. Work out what makes you qualified to help each of them with their current goals and challenges so you can really aim your application at them.
2. Create a master resume
Before you start creating tailored resumes for each and every application, it’s a good idea to create a master resume that includes every job that you have ever had. This will never cross an employer’s desk so it doesn’t matter how long it is. When it comes time to apply for a job, you can simply copy and paste the relevant sections of your master resume into a new document. Tailoring your resume has never been easier! Now you’re just a well written and tailored cover letter away from landing an interview.
3. Analyse the job ad
You can find everything you need to know from the job ad, including keywords, and the experience and skills that are needed for the role you want to apply for. It goes without saying it that you need to read it carefully and make sure you address their requirements in both your cover letter and resume.