6 tips for submitting your job application: how to get from the inbox into the interview room

Job Application Advice

In this blog post, Imogen - Marketing Intern and part-time Resourcer here at The Candidate, shares 6 job application tips that will get you from the inbox into the interview room. Sometimes clicking the apply button isn't enough, when applying for competitive marketing jobs it's a good idea to put some thought behind the application!

Why read this? If you've read our CV tips and now you're ready to apply for that job! Writing a cover letter/ or making an online application can sometimes be daunting! Follow these simple steps and wait for the call!

The best jobs within the marketing industry can be hard to come by, so you want to make sure your application is shining out from the crowd. Whether you're applying to our eCommerce jobs or advertising agency job, following these top tips will help you to get notices and get that ultimate dream job.

1.   Do your research

Address the consultant or person recruiting for the job directly. Look on the company website and the LinkedIn profile of the person recruiting, then instead of starting your email/cover letter with 'Dear Sir/Madam' or 'Whom it may concern' start it with the consultant's name.

2.   Attach a CV

If you have attached your CV, do not rewrite the whole document in the email, the person receiving the application will open the document and then ultimately get bored. Just sum yourself up in an inviting way, show you're personality and explain why you are perfect for the job. Don't be generic - focus on unique strengths!

3.   Ways of Contact

When you do send your application across, make sure you add different means of contact, whether it is; your LinkedIn account, Contact Number or email.

4.   'Sent from iPhone'

Delete this off your email, it just doesn't look professional. It probably won't hinder your chances, but this is the first time your application will be seen, so you want to make a good first impression.

5.   Be selective

If you are applying online through a job board, be mindful not to apply for every job a particular company is advertising. This not only looks like you are underqualified and don't understand the roles, it also gives the impression you aren't enthusiastic about one job but are willing to just take anything on offer.

6.   Keep it relevant

Clients love personality; put hobbies/ interests into your CV. But would it be relevant information for a cover letter/email? Put yourself in the consultant's shoes and judge whether it would be appropriate. You can't go wrong with strengths and key achievements!

Ready to push the apply button? Check out our latest jobs or get in contact with our award winning recruitment team if you need any advice! 

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