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General Application Advice

Your job application is your first contact with a prospective employer, so it is important to make sure that you review the role carefully and submit a considered application. With this in mind, we have put together some advice to help when applying for jobs online.

Assess your suitability for the role:
Read the advertisement carefully and while the job may appeal to you, keep the following in mind:
  • If a certain number of years experience is listed, only apply if you have this number of years experience. Many ads will describe the personality traits they want and you may well have them, but when assessing the applications it is the experience employers  will evaluate first, and without it, it is unlikely you will be seen as a fit for the role. Enthusiasm and passion for an industry does not of itself qualify you for any job, experience does.
  • If you are unsure if you qualify for the role you should try to speak with the hiring organisation and clarify any questions you may have.
Review your CV:
  • Ensure your Curriculum Vitae reflects your experience and skills concisely. Try and keep it to 2 to 3 pages.
  • Always check for spelling mistakes, there is no reason for them. If a role requires attention to detail and your application has more than one typo, immediately your attention to detail comes into question.
Include a Cover Letter:
  • Send a covering letter with your application to support why you are a suitable candidate for the role. Keep this letter concise and to the point.
Follow up your application:
  • Remember, there is nothing wrong with following up on your application. It shows interest, but is best left until a few days after the closing date.
Not suitable but want to apply anyway?
  • If you know that you are not a candidate for a particular role, but want to be considered by the employer for future positions, don’t apply anyway.  If the purpose of your application would just be to get noticed, wait a few weeks after the deadline and write to the organisation, advising that you noticed their recent advertisement but would not have qualified for that role. However advise them that you are interested in their organisation and ask they keep your details on file for the future.


We hope this is of help to you when applying for jobs, but if you think there are other issues or topics we should look at, just email us at and we will do our best to address them.


Find this helpful? Visit our CV Advice and Interview Advice pages as well.