Most people go through the rigmarole of making a job application. And most people find themselves going through the motions of making one job application after another. But that brings with it inevitable mistakes and errors. Even the smallest mistakes during a job application may cause you to misrepresent your potential or experience and lag behind other candidates. And so it pays off to know what to consider when applying for a position. So what should you consider when making a job application? Here they are...
Do you really want to work in that position?
Before starting to apply for jobs, you must have your targets set. Setting targets allows you to see what you need to focus on and what your strengths are. Of course, experiencing and discovering things that you are not aware of contributes a lot to your personal development. But not having a target makes things even more complicated. So, you need to be fully aware of your practical and theoretical competencies, the things you enjoy doing and the direction you would like your career path to take. Knowing the answer to these questions makes your journey to your dream job a lot easier.
How well do you know the company?
It is just as important to know the people and the organizations that will be a means for reaching your targets. You will be faced with a number of interviews on this path. During these interviews, you need to give the impression that you are up to the job and are familiar with the overall company atmosphere. And so it pays off to know the targets of the company, their coverage in the press, their successes and failures.
The job application process is a tough one. You may have applied for dozens of jobs. So it is advisable to keep notes of the places you have applied to avoid those awkward conversations when an HR expert calls you about a job you have applied for and you answer that you do not remember having applied for that role.
Do not tell lies!
Never lie on your CV or during a job interview or an HR appointment! Do not state anything you’re not capable of; do not exaggerate the years or the figures; simply focus on your strengths. Try to elaborate your assets and your potential as best as you can. You do not need to worry if you believe you have done your best.
Prepare a real good CV and keep these in mind!
To come to the issue of writing your CV, we should once again remind you not to make any misrepresentations or false statements on your CV. Your CV needs to have a clear format and written in proper Turkish. Your CV should contain the training courses in which you have participated, your certificates, the activities you have joined, the schools you have been to, your skills, hobbies and more. In addition to this, your CV should have a recent photo of you where you look respectable, be one-page length if possible or two if not, and the font size should be 11 or 12 and the chronological order should be considered.
Your CV might be weak but...
It may well be that you do not have the perfect CV or sufficient amount of experience to fill your CV with. A cover letter might come in handy if that is the case for you. Make sure that your cover letter reflects your leadership skills, your sincerity and indeed passion.
What to do on the day of a job interview...
Make a conscious effort to be respectful by choosing carefully what to wear. Do not be late for you interview; arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment. Do not waste your time on interview questions you have found on the internet. So clear the day of any distractions. Avoid eating a heavy meal the night before and go to bed early. Try to maintain eye contact during the entire interview but do it in a friendly manner, which means that there are brief breaks and reconnections. Have a pen and paper with you to make notes during the interview and look interested. Pay attention to how you speak and your tone during the interview. Do not talk too loud or too softly. Do not try to change your tone, be natural.
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