5 tips to make your application stand out

Thursday, January 4, 2024
5 tips to make your application stand out 
The job market is likely to become even more competitive in 2024.  New Job Today allows you to search for jobs that will suit you.  When you have found the opportunity you want, here's our guide make sure your application stands out! 


Target your application

  • Tailor your CV & covering letter: Ditch generic applications! Analyze the job description and highlight specific skills and experiences that match their needs. Use keywords from the listing in your documents, but do this organically. Many companies search for keywords in your CV.  
  • Make sure you research the company: Show you're genuinely interested. Visit their website, LinkedIn page, and news articles to understand their business culture, values, and why they are hiring.

Quantify Your Impact:

  • Numbers speak volumes: Don't just list your current and previous responsibilities. Use metrics and achievements to showcase the impact you made in previous roles. For instance, if you have helped increase sales by 20% or decreased costs by 15%, include this information in your application.  Likewise if you have run a successful project or initiative, then include it in your application.
Go Beyond the Paper:
  • Leverage your online presence. Update your LinkedIn profile with relevant keywords and accomplishments. Consider creating a portfolio website for creative roles and connect with the applicant company. Follow them on social media and engage with their content. 
Make your application readable and  & Engaging:
  • Structure & clarity are key: Use bullet points, headings, and concise language for easy scanning. Keep your CV to 2 pages max.
  • Personalize your covering letter: Don't send generic templates or use generic. Address the hiring manager by name if you can , highlight specific reasons you're interested in the job and make sure your enthisiasm comes through in your application.
Proofread & Polish:
  • Typos are a red flag in applications : Double-check everything, including your covering letter, CV, and email address. Use grammar checkers and ask a friend, relative or trusted person to proofread for you.
  • Format matters: Use a professional font such as Times, Arial, Aptos and a clear layout for your CV. Ensure all documents are compatible with the job board's format.

By following these tips, you can craft a compelling application that grabs attention and sets you apart from the crowd in the competitive UK job market of 2024. Remember, it's not just about having the skills, it's about showcasing them strategically and demonstrating your genuine interest in the role and the company. Good luck in your job search from all the team at New Job today.