Updated: Jun 20
How to apply for a job – APPLYING IN PERSON
This is probably the most daunting way to apply for work, but could also be the easiest way to make an excellent first impression. What they see is what they get.
Dress as if you are going to work. Make sure you hair is tidy, your nails are trimmed, your shoes are clean, jewelry is minimal and tattoos are covered. Ladies – wear little to no makeup, guys – trim your facial hair.
PRESENTING YOUR CV:
Print off some copies of your CV and cover letter. Let’s assume I’ve written both, so we don’t need to mention the criteria for those.
Address the cover letter to “The HR Manager.” Use one staple in the left hand corner, for the CV and cover letter and place them inside a plastic sleeve or folder. On the front of the folder, stick a piece of paper with your name, phone number, email address and your special skills (copied from your CV). If you are applying for a specific position, add that position title as well. That way, the employers can see the crucial details without having to open the folder and go through your CV. The idea is to make it as easy as possible for them to invite you for an interview.
HOW TO BEHAVE:
There are many videos on YouTube about body language, so if you are feeling a bit shy, watch some videos and practice greetings with family members or friends. – Be polite – Stand up straight – Make eye contact – Shake hands – Say please and thank you – Speak clearly, don’t mumble
HANDING OVER YOUR CV:
Ask to speak to the HR manager or owner. If they are unavailable, give your CV to the receptionist or secretary. If you are applying for an advertised job: “Hi, I am xxxx, please can I give you my application for the position of xxxx.” Hopefully this will start a conversation and lead to an interview. If they do not have an advertised job: “Hi, I am xxxx, please can I give you my CV in case a suitable position becomes available.” Hopefully this will start a conversation and lead to something in the future.
YOU JUST NEVER KNOW:
The person you give your CV to may not have a job available, but they may know someone who has the perfect job for you. While you are looking for jobs online, don’t forget there may be something just around the corner. Employers don’t always advertise jobs, so you just never know!
Ask for contact details so you can follow up in a few days. Just send an email saying something simple like:
Dear xxxx, It was a pleasure to meet you at COMPANY NAME on INSERT DAY. Thank you very much for your time. Regards, XXXX
Good luck with the job hunt!