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We’ve all been there; you spend hours – sometimes days – crafting the perfect application, only to receive the dreaded generic email telling you you’ve been ‘unsuccessful on this occasion’.
But you're sure you ticked?all the boxes, so why wasn't your application up to scratch?
To know?this,?it helps to get?inside the mind of the person reading your application. That's why we've picked apart some of the general phrases you'll find in job descriptions and what they're really asking of you.
You'll also read:?Able to work to a deadline, highly?organised, excellent time-management
Whatever job you do, within a matter of weeks?you can start to see a hundred and one things start piling up that you're expected to manage. This can be anything from?typical?day-to-day tasks, big projects on the horizon or super urgent last minute?deadlines?(some of which may not even?technically be?in your job description). As you can?imagine, things?have the chance of getting out of control. So?employers want to see that you know how to judge what?tasks?take priority and how?not?to?let things get on top of you.
How to show?it:?Have you ever been in a situation where you had almost too many things to do at once? Maybe you had to?organise?a social, complete a report, prep for a group presentation, revise for an exam and then had to fill someone?else's?shift at work. Talk about what you did to make sure it all got done in time, what the results were?and importantly what you did to make sure it didn't overwhelm you.
You'll also read:?A 'can-do' attitude, entrepreneurial, self-motivated, ambitious, driven
Employers are on the lookout for people who will not just come into the business and do their job, but people who?will always be on the lookout?for opportunities of?where the business can do better.?This means getting to know how things are done, and figuring out what could be done better, what other companies are doing and how your company could adapt. Your employer won't expect you to have solved all the world's problems, but if they can see you've?taken the?initiative to do something different and most?importantly, did?it?without being asked to, you're?the person they'll want on their team.
How to show it:?Did your last company use?to spend hours filing documents in a certain way until you pointed out there was a way to do it in?half?the time? While this may not sound like much, it would have improved?efficiency?across the company – something that's needed in?every company.?It doesn't matter what the scale of your change – just be sure to talk about it!
You'll also read:?Enthusiastic, passionate, eager to excel
Often confused for 'be able?to take on a million things straight away?and do them perfectly'. We can't?deny?that some jobs will see you taking on a lot of responsibility quite early on, but?whatever job you start,?you won't be expected to know how to do everything from day one. What employers really want to see,?is that you'll be eager to give all your energy to learning, make an effort to?get fully stuck in with your team and essentially become?a living,?breathing company mascot. This means thinking beyond your own day to day work and where you're aiming to get to, and?be committed to the wider company goals.
How to show it:?Were you part of a sports club with training several times a week, stretching late into the night,?with competitions at weekends? Then be sure to shout?about it. This shows an employer your high level of commitment?and flags you as someone worth investing in.
As you might have guessed, the trick is to make sure you're not just regurgitating the job description;?"I'm an?ambitious, highly?organised?and passionate self-starter who is able to work to tight deadlines" doesn’t really say much about you as an?individual. This statement can be applied to lots of people, but what will make sure you stand out,?is talking about the specific?experiences and challenges you faced. And most importantly – your?achievements!
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