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5. The old adage, first appearances are most important, is very true. This applies not only to your physical appearance, but also your written appearance and the way the employer first receives you resume and first contact. Let me break this down.
a. Prepare your resume: This is one of the most important parts of a job application, and I will cover this in more depth in the next main point.
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a. I said it earlier and I’ll say it now, edit and check for errors.
b. Make it neat, a messy or disorganized resume says a lot about you.
c. Maybe most important! Tailor you resume for each position you apply for: Do not send the same resume you use for teaching jobs, to an application for a journalist position. Edit your skills, abilities and strengths and weaknesses so that they match those required for the position you are applying for. Be careful though; do not stray too far from the truth, as you may find yourself in hot water as a result.
> Here is an example of tailoring your skills for the position at hand: Say you have experience as a teacher, but are applying for a job as a writer or editor. You could put that your experience as a teacher gave you an eye for detail, and your focus on grading essays of many students has allowed you to become very effective and efficient at recognising grammatical and other related writing errors. These are not lies, but if your resume only talks about your teaching ability, love for children and the like, the individual reading your resume will not know that you also have other skills.
d. Do your research!!! Read the job description carefully, see if you qualify, and have the right experience. If you qualify, or even if you don’t, learn as much as you possibly can before applying. If the company has a website, go to it and read about the company. Learn about their vision and goals for the future, and learn as much as you can about their products or services. Think carefully about your skills and strengths, and the benefits you can bring to the company. Then include this in your resume and especially your cover letter. The person who reads your cover letter needs to see that you’ve done your research. They need to see that you have the skills and knowledge to work for their company, and they need to know what unique benefits and characteristics you will add to their company if employed.
f. The most important thing is to make an impact with your resume and cover letter in your first communication with the company. This may be your only chance to stand out from the other candidates, and express your character and personality. If you make a bad impression here, then your resume may not reach the next level, and you may not get the interview you need to make your next big impression.
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