4 Aspects To Consider When Applying For A Job
When applying for a job, a number of factors should be considered to ensure the best possible impression is made at all times. Whether your application is for a change of career path or in order to be promoted, you will be judged every step of the way throughout the interview process. It’s important to recognise this from the beginning, and consider the following four aspects before you even submit your application.
1. Your social media profiles
More often than not, your future employer will run a background check inclusive of your online profiles. When applying for a job, ensure that all of your social media accounts are free of anything you wouldn’t want your employer to see. This includes any profanity, images, or conversations which may risk you being successful in obtaining a position. It is also important to ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and reflects all of your current skill-set.
2. Your communication
When applying for a job, remember that all of your correspondence will be judged. This therefore means that any phone calls, emails, or written applications must reflect your highest standard of communication skills. It is in these stages that you can demonstrate your professionalism and interpersonal skills.
3. Your attitude
In all of the above communication, including cover letters, ensure your attitude remains professional. There is nothing worse than when an interview candidate spends time telling the interviewer how bad their previous position was. A potential employer does not want to hear about your negativity; this only indicates your lack of professionalism. Instead, explain to them that you are looking for a new challenge, and that this challenge aligns perfectly with the job you are applying for.
4. Your knowledge
Knowledge does not just refer to the practical skills required for the position. When applying for a job, it is also very important to do your research on the organisation you are applying to work at. You never know when they will phone you to discuss your application, so you must be prepared from the moment you submit your application. Knowledge of the selection criteria and of organisational facts demonstrates your interest in the position, as well as commitment to succeeding in the application process.
What do you think?
Do you have any other aspects to add to the list of consideration when applying for a job? Your reputation and first impressions are very important in this instance, therefore any further advice is welcomed. Join the conversation and comment your views below.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.