The public relations firm where I am an intern is currently hiring, and it’s my responsibility to manage the flood of job applications we’re receiving. This experience has already served as an incredible lens for me to learn some important do’s and don’ts when applying for a job.
1. Don’t be overconfident.
Applicants were asked to send in a cover letter and resume by email. One applicant sent in her application sans cover letter, claiming that she felt cover letters were ”the worst”.
Her application was entertaining and creative; however, her assumption that her opinion of cover letters was more important than the hiring managers’ did not go over well.
Another applicant sent her materials in with an email subject: “Your Next Junior Account Executive.” Yikes! This cocky subject line is an immediate red flag to a potential employer.
Standing out is important, but don’t over do it. Be confident in your abilities, but remain professional.
2. Do tailor your application for the position.
We have been taught well in the SOJC! Keep your materials concise and to the point, directly targeting the position you’re applying for. Expect to be politely rejected or even ignored if you do the following:
- Submit a two page single-spaced cover letter
- Lead your resume with irrelevant experience (such as janitorial work)
- Reference an incorrect position title
- Attach your materials as word documents (which can be edited) rather than PDFs
Split your resume into relevant experience to the position and other professional experience. Use your cover letter to briefly describe your relevant qualifications for the position with specific details.
These tips come from a few of my observations of the hiring process thus far, and I am sure I will continue to learn more. Look forward to more job application tips from me in the future!