In most job applications a resume and cover letter will be requested by the recruiting organisation, as an initial screening tool to hire the right person for the role.
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Your resume is one of the first things that an employer will evaluate in the recruitment process. It’s important that your resume reflects your education, skills, experience, work history and accomplishments, and answers the recruiter’s question, ‘How can this person add value to my team?’. To answer this question, the resume is written to highlight your transferable skills, abilities, achievements and from previous roles that you can bring to the recruiting organisation.
Having a well formatted, well written resume will help your application stand out from other applicants, and demonstrate some of your computer skills.
If you do not have a resume, or would like to update your current resume, follow the resume template and add your unique work experience. The team at An Eye to the Future is happy to work with you on this.
For each new job application, we are also required to submit a cover letter that is tailored specifically for each role and organisation. The cover letter is a one page letter addressed to the hiring manager, highlighting your skills and abilities, briefly explaining why you are interested in the role, how you will add value to the organisation and fulfill the requirements in the job description. A cover letter will address the key selection criteria and reference past roles you have held which give you experience in the duties of the position.
Take note of the language used throughout the advertisement and company website to reflect keywords throughout the cover letter. Some organisations use applicant tracking technology to screen and filter applications, using the language and keywords from the advertisement can help your application stand out.
If you’re not sure how to begin a cover letter, this document contains some examples that may help. Read several different cover letters and take inspiration from them to create your unique cover letter that demonstrates why you are the best person for the role and what relevant skills you can bring to the role.
Submitting a job application
A job application will often have a closing date and application instructions within the advertisement. Before submitting your application ask someone to proofread your application, they might have some suggestions to strengthen the application or pick up on grammatical improvements throughout – this could be a friend, family member, support person, a project officer from An Eye to the Future, an app such as Be my Eyes or Aira, a disability services provider if you are registered with one. Submitting the best possible application will reflect your attention to detail to the employer, and help to show your dedication and commitment to being successful in your application.
Once you have submitted your application it can take some time for the organisation to assess all the applications and contact applicants. If you have not heard back from the organisation approximately one week after the closing date, it is okay to reach out to the organisation and check-in, let them know you are still interested in the role and looking forward to hearing from them soon.
If the organisation is interested in hearing more about you and your suitability for the role they will contact you and request an interview, or complete a screening call.
If the organisation has decided not to move forward with an interview you will often receive an email to inform you of this – if this happens it is a good idea to request feedback on your application to strengthen your job search in the future.
Our team at An Eye to the Future works one on one with job seekers to provide resources and support along the employment journey.
To learn more about our employment program and register, click here.