How to apply for a job

While Europe struggles to keep its economy afloat, Australia’s remains in a state of rude health. It shouldn’t be hard, then, for those living in the ‘lucky country’ to find a good job. But despite this, young people are finding it increasingly difficult to secure a position that they’re happy with. This is mostly because, despite being educated to the brim in other areas, simple lessons like how to apply for a job have been sorely neglected.

But that’s ok. That’s what the Internet’s for right? Here’s what you need to know:

The cover letter

Always, always, always write a cover letter – whether the job that you’re applying for asks you to provide one or not. Writing cover letters isn’t fun. It’s hard to talk about how your past experiences make you well suited to the position at hand. And due to this, when no cover letter is mentioned in a job advertisement, many people breathe a sigh of relief and refrain from writing one. But grit your teeth and knock one out anyway. Think about how good it’s going to look when you’re the only applicant who appears to have taken the time to do so.

Now, although your cover letter will invariably be emailed to your potential employer and not sent in the post, you should format it like a real letter. This means putting your address in the top right corner, and the recipient’s name, position and address below yours and to the left. Add the date and a subject line in bold. This shows that you’re serious about getting the job.

The resume

The secret to a good resume, like so many things in life, is simplicity. Both the form and content of your resume should be terse and tidy. Use a self-effacing font like Arial or Calibri, and not something with flourishes. Make sure that your line spacing is between 1.15 and 1.3 – this makes your resume easier to read.

When outlining your employment history, list the company name, your position within it, and a line regarding what your role involved. Don’t write a treatise about every task that you were made to do whilst working there. Avoid unduly complex sentences or words. Remember, a resume should never be more than three pages long.

The final thing to remember regarding your resume is to convert it to PDF before you send it out. PDF documents come across as professional, and prevent anyone from inadvertently editing it after it’s been received. You don’t need to download any complex conversion software to create PDFs – there are plenty of website that do it instantly, and for free.

Final piece of advice: cast your net wide. There are lots of people in your position, who want the same jobs as you. So be prepared to apply for multiple positions. You’ll find one eventually.

And that’s how to apply for a job!

Good luck.

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