Applying for a job is the first and important contact you make with a prospective employer.
To help you out, here are some tips for reading and responding.
Pay attention to the preferred and required qualifications – The job qualifications list is one of the most important parts of the job description. This list may include: Education level, Work experience, Required skills. The most important qualifications will often be listed first, so if you meet those qualifications, be sure to emphasize them in your cover letter. If you have a qualification that’s similar to the one the employer listed, also try to mention it in your resume or cover letter.
Read through the job duties – Employers will also often include a list of duties required for the job. These duties can vary wildly from job-to-job, even if the job titles are the same. Similar to the qualifications, the job duties are often listed in order from most important to least important. As you read through the job duties, make a list of the one you’ve done in your previous jobs. Then, include some of what you listed in your cover letter.
Check for questions or keywords – Sometimes, employers will ask candidates to answer a question or use a certain keyword in their application to make sure that they thoroughly read through the job description. This question may be something simple, or it might be an important part of the application. Before you move away from the job description and start writing your cover letter, be sure to double check all the requirements in the description.
Use the description in your cover letter – Employers want to know that you carefully read the description and understand what the job entails. One way to show this is to use the description in your cover letter. Put some of the description into your own words, and say how your skills match what’s being described.
When applying via e–mail – When applying via e-mail, put the position title in the subject line. Very important is to write a small introduction about you and why you apply for the job as a message to the recipient. Do not just send your CV without reference to the position you are applying for.
If you don’t meet the minimum requirements – This job is not for you!