Top Job Application Mistakes
We review 100s of CVs and job applications on a daily basis for a variety of positions within the scientific, medical and engineering sectors and wanted to share with you the biggest mistakes we come across on a daily basis. The market is becoming increasingly competitive and it is up to you to make your application stand out from the crowd. Here’s our advice…
- Cover letter – Nothing stands out more to a potential employer than a well written, tailored cover letter provided to support your application. Not only does this show you have taken the time and effort on your application, but also that you have carefully considered the position, and your suitability, for the role on offer.
- Accuracy – It is essential that you read the job advert carefully and follow the application instructions provided. Address the covering letter/email to the correct person named on the advert and send any, and all, requested documentation.
- Formatting – There is nothing worse that opening an untidy CV. Do not make a potential employer struggle to find your relevant work/education information in a mass of irrelevant content. Always have your contact details at the top and ensure that formatting, font, etc. is consistent throughout.
- Spell Check – Seriously, spell check before you send any applications. If you are applying for a role along with 100 other candidates, do not give an employer any reason to dismiss you.
- Email address – use a non-offensive, professional looking email address, firstname.lastname@example.org is not going to look good to a panel reviewing your application. If you don’t have one, it is easy to create one these days that you can use exclusively for your job search.
- Personal interests – Include this on your CV. This is an opportunity for a potential employer to see who you are as a person and assess your ‘cultural fit’ into the business.
- Final check – Before you click ‘send’ make sure you read through the entire application again. Check spelling, grammar and try to read from the perspective of the hiring manager to make sure the whole thing is tailored to the role and company you are applying for. If possible, get someone else to read your application before you submit.
For further resources to help with your job searches, please look at our advice page.