Preparing to land that dream role
Finding a job doesn’t have to be a tiring experience. The key to getting the job is to stand out from the crowd at each stage of the process – from cover letter to CV to interview.
The Cover Letter
A potential employer may have an inbox filled with CVs from tradespeople with similar skills. A good cover letter can make all the difference but there’s a fine balance between having too much and too little. A curt one-line introduction to a CV is unlikely to win a spot at the interview table and replicating the CV doesn’t add any value either.
When writing a cover letter, it’s important to tell a story that highlights why you’re the best person for the job. Look at the job description for clues about what the employer may find interesting or relevant to their company. If they work with large developers then attention to detail may be relevant. If they target small domestic jobs an ability to do jobs quickly and efficiently may be of interest. This may be different for each job application so it’s important to tailor the cover letter for every role.
On your CV, highlight the aspects that are most relevant to the job at hand, rather than listing everything.
It’s tempting to send the same CV for every job but, like the cover letter, a CV should also be tailored for each role. Rather than putting a laundry list of achievements and qualifications, highlight those aspects that are most relevant to the job at hand.
It’s often useful to look at the job description and identify keywords that indicate what they’re looking for. The CV should then address these directly and prominently. Most employers won’t read the entire document, so put the most relevant experience front and centre.
Preparing beforehand is important to reduce interview nerves, as well as having appropriate body language during the interview.
The interview should be an opportunity to shine. While it’s fine to be nervous an employer will be looking for confidence – that’s where preparation comes in. Look at the job description and think about the questions that may be asked. Perhaps prepare talking points and examples that you can give the employer that demonstrate your skills. For example, if an employer is looking for a team player provide an example of when you’ve worked well in a team – it’s much more powerful than just telling them you’re a team player. Ideally, examples come from within the profession, but personal experience can also be relevant.
It’s also not just about what you say, body language does a lot of the talking in an interview. Sit up straight, be attentive and make eye contact – these all tell a potential employer whether you’re interested and engaged or just going through the motions. Finally, show genuine interest in the role by asking the employer some questions about it.
While the process may sound daunting, it’s helpful to partner with a recruitment agency who understands what employers are looking for and can help prepare you for your dream job.