Jobs & Careers

Ultimate Interview Guide – Part 3

Cover Letter

A successful application must contain an x-factor along with the necessary requirements in an application.

Your cover letter should cover some initial questions that a recruiter might have about your application. Let us break down a cover letter:

1. The cover letter should start with a brief introduction about yourself. It should, at no point, mention anything but you, because it paints your image to the recruiter.

2. The introduction should follow the job you are applying for.

3. Make it evident that your skillset fits best for the job. You can mention your recent job experience and attachment of a letter of recommendation from the same.

Recruiters go through multiple rounds of these recruitment drives; they rarely have the time and patience to go through each document. To gain maximum traction, you must make sure that –

1. Your cover letter is informative — It gives away all the important information without it being overbearing to the recruiter.

2. Your cover letter should be brief and focused — As short as possible.

3. It should encourage the recruiter to read through your resume.

Automation in hiring: ATS Resume

Every time you go through a job application platform, you can see the number of applicants who have applied for a job vacancy and that number is never less than 200. You need to make sure your resume stands out and gets selected to be at least viewed by the recruiter.

Companies use a software called Applicant Tracking System which scans a resume submitted and looks for keywords based on the job that the application is being processed for. They are mostly experienced types, education, skills, former employers, etc. The number of keywords match between the job requirements and your resume, the better are your chances that your resume would get read. The rest are often discarded.

You can make your resume ATS-friendly by few easy steps:

1. Choose a simple yet elegant template

An easy-on-the-eyes resume that doesn’t have a lot of fancy (read: difficult to understand) font and technical jargon is more appreciated. The more tough words you use, the less are the chances of your resume being selected by the system. Focus on what’s important, not how you showcase it, since this is an automated system.

2. Research

Look through all the descriptions of similar jobs and figure out the words that repeat extensively. This practice is called SEO. Once you find these words, you have mostly cracked the way to get through and hit all the target keywords that the system might look for.

3. Update

The words are of no use if you don’t use them. Insert those keywords to make sense all over your resume to gain maximum traction.

4. Iterate the process

This process has to be repeated for every application, that is, for every different job vacancy that you apply for, edit your resume to cater to that company.

Small and timely edits that you make in your resume can make your application go a long way.

Formal Email:

One’s everything is ready, make sure you are writing an impressive email to the recruiters briefing about you and the content of the email.

Also, make sure you are setting an internal calendar for further follow-up email if there is any delay in the HR response.

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