“It’s a job trying to get a job!”

18 Jun

Last week I got an email with the following sentence: “We are sorry, but unfortunately we already chose somebody else for this job!” Who does not know this kind of emails? Sometimes I think it is so hard to apply for a job and to actually get the job.

As students we have to apply a lot. We apply for internships, side jobs and later after finishing college we have to apply for our final job.

However, often when we get letter of refusal we do not know why? What did we wrong? We spent so much time on writing such a (what we think) good application and the only thing, what we get back is a “NO”. This can be very frustrating.

But what would you think about a solution for this problem? I think there are some myths about the recruiting process itself, which have to be corrected.

After a very impressive interview with Mr. John C. Davis, a Human Resources Management teacher, I want to show you what we, as the job candidates, really have to do in our applications and what key factors we have to consider to get the job we want.

All of the people, who already applied for some jobs, think they know how to write an application and what an application consists of. You can find examples of applications and hints for your application on the internet. However, these are not the most important aspects you have to consider when writing the job application. In the following post I want to show you what crucial facts you have to remember for your “perfect” application.

I, myself, put the most effort into the cover letter. I think this is the first paper the recruiter gets to read and therefore it has to have the motivation and the answer to the question: “Why should we hire you?”

However, Mr. Davis proved that this is actually wrong. The first thing the recruiter wants to see is the resume, because he or she wants to check if the job candidate has the right key qualification for the job. If this is the case the next step will be reading the cover letter.

So the cover letter, of course, is very important too and has to be written in a pleasant and motivated way. But the resume is the first step, which could bring you further into the recruiting process.

Another problem are the QUALIFICATIONS. We often think we are not enough qualified for a job or we do not have enough experience, because we have not have worked yet. However, already from school and college we have a lot of experiences considering team work, projects and so on.

So the problem is not that we do not have enough experiences or qualifications. The problem is that we have to put them in the “right” way.

Put your experiences in front. Show that you, although have not been working yet, experienced work in a different way, but this does not matter. Also, Mr. Davis informed me that it is also very significant knowing facts about the company. Research some facts about the company and show your knowledge! This will impress the recruiter as well.

But now we come to the most important and fundamental part of the recruiting process, the JOB INTERVIEW. If you are invited to a job interview, you went very far in the selection process. The job interview decides about hiring you or not. The job interview is the step that brings you into the company.

At this point, not the Qualifications count, at this point it is all about the ATTITUDE. With the right attitude you will get this job for sure.

“At the job interview you need to convince the recruiter that you are the right person for this job. The only way you can make this happen is with a lot of PREPARATION”, said Mr. Davis.

He showed me a little example, which I would like to tell you right now. Imagine you are going to a job interview and you are asked to fill out a form. On this form are some questions about e.g. how good are you by working in teams, how well could you fulfill a project and other questions.

Now it is your turn to fill in points, which show your skills and where you are good at and on the other hand also which subjects you have to improve. There are 5 points for each question.

After you filled out everything, just as an example, you have 45 out of 50 points, so 90%. If you then explain the recruiter in which categories you are very good and prove your statement on examples, you show the recruiter that you are right for the job.

Also, if you say that for those categories, where you are not very good already, you hope that the company will be able to train you. Then the recruiter cannot say anything against your point of view and you show that you are right for the job.

“If you are well prepared for the job interview, you can become the leader of the interview!”

Trying to get a job is very hard work. It starts by a well written resume that matches the job advertisement, followed by a cover letter with a lot of motivation and convincement that you are right for the job.

The last step is the job interview containing a lot of preparation.

Mr. Davis also advised me to involve friends in this project. They can give you feedback. With your friends you can practice the job interview and this will lead to success.

With teamwork you will have a huge chance that you get the job and you will become the optimal job candidate.

He ended our interview by the following sentence:

“As you can see this is a lot of work and therefore IT’S A JOB TRYING TO GET A JOB!”



2 Responses to ““It’s a job trying to get a job!””

  1. mirkalilka June 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Hey Melissa,

    the topic that you have brought up seems really important to me and I am glad that you discussed it on your blog. You are right when saying that we sometimes assume that we perfectly know how to apply for a job and how to behave in a job interview just because we have done it several times. But it’s not that simple , as you pointed out.
    Last semester Mr. Davis gave us a really vital piece of advice with regards to this issue, so it was very appropriate to quote him since he is a professional in this field. However, I would liked it more if you quoted other experts, too, in order to compare their opinions and get a broader vision on that topic.

    In your topic you mentioned a variety of aspects that applicants have to consider, for example CV, cover letter, qualifications or attitude. It would have been better if you had included subheadings or if you highlighted certain key words to give your text a clear structure. Maybe you could have used an ordered or unordered list, for example at the end of your post where you summarized all steps.

    Nevertheless, great post! Thanks to you I recalled what I had learned last semester about job applications!

  2. angi2012 June 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Super article, I enjoyed reading it. I especially liked that you’ve done an interview and the topic is also very relevant. You have brought your personal experience into it, which is great. The tips are also really helpful I will consider them on my next résumé.
    Probably you could ad that Mr. Davis is not just a teacher, but also that he has years of experience in HR, also you could add a few links to different pages, where you can see how to write cv. Perhaps you could also add a video with a funny interview or a picture of Mr. Davis that would be really cool.

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