The personal statement is an important part of the job application process and the old resume model is not enough to make a candidate stand out from the pack. In this article we look at four ways to strengthen your new job application form.
First of all, you need to design a very straightforward application form that does not get caught up in the minutiae of the ‘rule book’. This is where many people’s work will be lost because they do not see how they can improve their chances. This form should be short and to the point and contain just a few standard questions.
The other mistake that many people make is to use the ‘old resume’ or the ‘old resume cover letter’ template for their job application. This type of approach will not really help them stand out and will instead create a document that looks exactly like the other hundreds of similar applications out there.
You need to create a completely new job application that gives the reader a strong reason to come back and click the link. You need to make sure that the user has a feeling that they are reading a page that gives information about the skills and qualifications they require. In order to do this you need to implement some extra ‘no nonsense’ type features into your form.
At the end of the form you need to include a ‘Save Changes’ button that gives the user the ability to re-order or re-format the documents easily without any added coding that will add an easy ability for people to tamper with your files. You need to use a very simple format so that it is easy to understand and makes the job application process as simple as possible.
Secondly, you should be able to easily identify what kind of previous experience the person is looking for. You should then make it easy for the person to choose between positions and job titles. Finally, you should avoid using difficult to read computer code and you should also avoid the use of language that is offensive or includes offensive material. It is not always easy to do these things and in order to stand out from the crowd you should do all that you can to make the process as simple as possible.
There are many other things that you can do in order to stand out from the rest of the competition when you are doing a full time job application. Once you start to implement these methods and designs you will notice that the process is easier and your chances of success will be greatly increased.