Recruiters dread having to sift through hundreds or even thousands of application forms. It’s a time consuming and fairly dull task, but you can use this to your advantage by making your application form interesting enough to stand out. So, how can you do this?
Avoid the clichés
However motivated and honest you are, there isn’t any point saying it, because EVERY ONE says it. it’s a bit like going on the X factor and saying ‘this means everything to me’- we’ve heard it all before. the best way you can get across how honest and motivated you are is to provide practical examples which prove it. actions do speak louder than words after all.
How do you spice up your application without throwing in the towel in your current job and going off to work on a charity project in the Congo? How you present your education and experience can make a big difference. A useful approach is to review what you do and see it from all angles. On first look you might not think there is much scope for a relevant example from leading a girl guide group in your spare time but the more you think about it, the more you might see some parallels to the role of cabin crew e.g. in terms of considering the needs of others, being responsible, being alert to the safety of others, caring for them, administering first aid etc.
Make it relevant
You may have trekked in Peru or climbed Mount Everest but recruiters will be more impressed by how you make this relevant. If you spell it out you are doing the hard work for them, and they’ll thank you for it by sitting up and taking notice. Think about how these experiences prove you have the skills your recruiters are looking for, whether its determination, ability to overcome challenges, a calm approach in the face of adversity etc.
Raise your game
It’s never too late to improve your employability. There are things you can do now which will create great evidence for your application form- whether it’s gaining compassionate skills by working with the homeless, volunteering with kids to develop your patience and how to communicate to audiences of all ages, taking a first aid course and getting involved at local community events etc. You don’t have to spend too much time or any money, but expanding your horizons by doing something you enjoy and are good at might make you more attractive to a new employer.
Lots of people have similar hobbies and will recount similar jobs and similar experiences on their application form. think twice before going for the easy option- there may be something else you have done which will make you stand out more.