APPLICATIONS

FIRST, LETS DISSECT A JOB BRIEF. IT’S WAY EASIER TO FIGURE OUT IF THIS JOB IS A GOOD FIT FOR YOU WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT ON EARTH THEY’RE GOING ON ABOUT.

WE’VE TAKEN A DESCRIPTION FOR AN EDITORIAL ASSISTANT ROLE AND TRIED TO PULL APART THE KEY WORDS AND ALL THAT CONFUSING CODED LANGUAGE- HAVE A BROWSE BELOW!

THIS MAY LOOK LIKE A LOT, BUT IT TOOK 20 MINUTES OF BRAINSTORMING AND GRUMBLING BETWEEN 2 PEOPLE. WITH DEGREES, I MIGHT ADD. JOB DESCRIPTIONS RARELY MAKE ANY SENSE; IT’S DUMB. BUT THIS FIRST STEP IS PRETTY ESSENTIAL TO FIGURING OUT IF THIS IS A JOB YOU WANT, AND HOW TO GO ABOUT APPLYING FOR IT. YOU WOULDN’T WRITE AN ESSAY ON A QUESTION YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND; DON’T APPLY TO A JOB YOU AREN’T PREPARED FOR. IT’LL BE A WASTE OF YOUR TIME AND THE EMPLOYERS. (THE RIGHT JOB FOR YOU IS OUT THERE MAN, JUST KEEP LOOKING! THEN PUT YOUR ALL INTO THE APPLICATION!)

SO FIND A JOB BRIEF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN, AND READ IT IN FULL, HIGHLIGHTING THE KEY WORDS AND MAKING SOME NOTES SO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE. THIS IS EASIER IF YOU PRINT A COPY OF THE JOB BRIEF. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WRITE DOWN ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE POSITION.

IF THE JOB LISTING GIVES A CONTACT DETAIL, GIVE THEM A CALL AND ASK SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POSITION. EVEN IF IT DOESN’T GIVE A SPECIFIC CONTACT, DON’T BE SCARED TO CALL THE RECRUITING AGENT AND ASK TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THE ROLE. MAKE NOTES. YOU CAN PLUG ANY USEFUL INFO STRAIGHT INTO YOUR APPLICATION. THIS GIVES YOU AN EDGE.

I COULD GIVE YOU A TEMPLATE, BUT THIS OFTEN DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF HELPING YOU WRITE A GOOD APPLICATION, AS THE PERSON READING YOUR APPLICATION WILL KNOW YOU’VE USED A TEMPLATE.

AND THEY WILL THINK YOU’RE LAZY AND UNINTERESTED IN THE ROLE.

HOW YOU LAY OUT YOUR APPLICATION DOESN’T ACTUALLY MATTER. I’VE READ SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS THAT WERE A LIST OF SUCCINCT BULLET POINTS, AND I’VE READ SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS THAT WERE ESSENTIALLY SMALL ESSAYS.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS, AS I’M SURE YOU REMEMBER EVERY ENGLISH TEACHER YOU’VE EVER HAD REPEATING WHENEVER EXAM PERIOD ROLLS AROUND, THAT YOU ANSWER THE FREAKING QUESTION.

I MEAN IT. EVERY SINGLE PART OF THE JOB BRIEF NEEDS TO BE REFERENCED. YOU MIGHT BE PERFECT FOR THE ROLE, BUT IF THEY’VE ASKED FOR IT SKILLS AND YOU, THINKING ‘OH I’M NOT MUCH GOOD WITH COMPUTERS, I’LL JUST SKIP THAT POINT’, FAIL TO MENTION IT, THERE’S A STRONG CHANCE THE PERSON SPENDING THEIR THURSDAY EVENING READING THROUGH A MASSIVE PILE OF APPLICATIONS WILL DISMISS YOU BECAUSE OF THAT GAP.

MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO CARRY YOUR APPLICATION FORWARDS. TICK EVERY BOX THEY ASK FOR, AND IF YOU AREN’T CONFIDENT IN SOME AREAS, TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING TO IMPROVE, OR WHAT YOU’RE WILLING TO DO.