Applying for jobs can be a tough gig. As recruiters, we understand this and we try to help our candidates put their best foot forward. There are some things that we can’t do though, so if you’re starting a new job hunt please keep in mind the following things to ensure that you’re building the right kind of relationship with your recruiter and giving yourself the best opportunities.
Have you spell-checked your resume?
Before you press “apply now” please ensure that you’ve double, triple checked your resume for any grammatical errors, or formatting issues. This is especially important if you are applying for an Administration position as attention to detail is usually a MUST-HAVE quality for that type of role, and spelling errors will only be detrimental to your application. You can read more of our resume tips in Make Sure Your Resume Rocks.
Are you applying for multiple roles?
If you’ve applied for multiple jobs, it’s always a good idea to keep a list of the job, the company and the contact person. If you do get a phone call, it shows us how interested you are if you know what we’re talking about, instead of asking “what job are you calling about?”
Realistically if you are really interested in the job, you should already know this information when we introduce ourselves on the phone, or if you’re calling us back! You can read more of our tips in You’ve Submitted Your Resume, so What Next?
Read the job ad thoroughly…
Taking the initiative to call us to introduce yourself and stand out from the crowd is great. But please do not call up and ask us questions that are clearly stated on the job ad such as the location, or the hours. If you are going to call us, make sure you have some more in-depth questions about the role as this will show your genuine interest in the position and will assist us in getting a clearer idea of what type of role you’d be suited to.
Do you have a working voice mail system?
If you are applying for jobs, it is always best to be easily contactable. Set up a proper voice mail system so that we can leave a clear message if you don’t answer. Voice-to-text isn’t a great option because it often gets names wrong. The 10 second voice mail system is just as bad because we aren’t able to leave any specific details in the message. Worst of all is no message system. Do yourself a favour and set up a proper voice mail system when you begin your job hunt.
Please be polite to the receptionist!
This is definitely in your best interest. If you are rude to our lovely receptionist, we WILL know about it. If you are calling our agency, please ensure that you give your name, who you’re calling for and what [role] you’re calling about. Our receptionist will ask these questions anyway and it will make you look more professional and organised if you do it first. Also, our office is small and sometimes it is the recruiter who answers the phone, so be pleasant and polite always!
Punctuality is essential!
We understand that sometimes things are out of your control – maybe your tram line is having serious delays, or there was an accident on the Bolte Bridge and the traffic is awful… it’s Melbourne, we totally get it… but whatever it is, a quick phone call is all it takes to let us know that you are running late. This looks so much better than showing up late without contacting us. We will be SO understanding, if you just let us know!
Keep in touch with any changes to your interview…
So you’ve applied for a job, had a phone call with the recruiter and you’ve been successful for an interview. But maybe since then you’ve changed your mind and are no longer interested in the role. Please, please, PLEASE just let us know. I cannot stress this enough. Just call us, and tell us you’re no longer interested. We’re not going to force you to come, and we understand that priorities change. The alternative is that you just don’t show up to the interview, and then we’re not likely to consider you for future positions. You’re not doing yourself any favours, by not showing up to an interview. Again, a quick phone call is all it takes!
- Spell check
- Remember the recruiter’s name
- Read the ad
- Have a voice mail system
- Always be polite
- Keep in touch
Good luck in your job hunt!!!
By Samantha Thomas, Consultant, Rusher Rogers