Now that you have qualified, have a CV and LinkedIn profile that stands out, it is time to create a plan to secure interviews in the most efficient way. In step 1 you researched the job market and jobs suitable to your strengths, skills, traits and qualifications. Now you need to plan how to apply to the jobs you have identified so you can attract the attention of hiring managers and stand out from the many applicants applying for the same role.
Putting yourself in the shoes of a busy recruiting manager who has many CVs to sift through, will help you tailor your approach to ensure:
- You read the job adverts carefully and understand the essential and desirable requirements before applying
- You tailor each job application with a cover email/ application letter
- You engage warmly and positively with the hiring manager
- You follow up to get feedback regarding your suitability
At this stage of the process, you will also ensure:
- You fully understand why a quality job application helps get the attention of a hiring manager
- You understand why a good CV together with a tailored introduction/cover letter is more likely to get a positive response
Reasons why a company may hire you
Your qualifications will validate your skills and your dedication to your career. Qualifications also demonstrate to a company that you are eager to learn and take your career seriously. Organisations see a qualified candidate as a safer choice who is more likely to hit the ground running and be successful in the role.
In addition to qualifications, one company may hire you purely because of your traits or strengths while another organisation will hire you because of your sector background and skills. Take this into consideration when choosing which jobs to apply for.
Estimated time required for phase 3: ongoing