3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Applying For A Job
Don’t apply for another job until you’ve asked yourself these questions.
Let’s face it — the job search can be a long and frustrating process. And job applications? Don’t get us started! Before you spend another minute filling out yet another tedious job application, ask yourself these questions to make sure it’s worth your time:
1 – Does the job fit into my long-term career plans?
Whenever possible, try to be strategic with the job positions you apply for. Every job should be a stepping stone towards your ideal job or career. Remember: when evaluating a position, consider if it will help improve your skills or build new ones, because one day those could be used to net you your dream job.
Even if you're searching for part-time work, look for great opportunities that would allow you to work in your favourite industry or expose you to a field you want to pursue.
Don’t apply for a job you know will leave you feeling bored, unmotivated, or just plain frustrated!
2 – Do I meet the requirements? Am I over or under-qualified for the role?
Before you apply, carefully review the job description. Read it over one more time. Occasionally job postings will include a very long list of qualifications that the employer would like the ideal candidate to have. Pay attention to the number of years that are required for the job too – if they’re looking for someone with 3-5 years of experience and you just graduated with little to no relevant internship experience, this job is not a good fit.
On the flip side, if you’re over-qualified for the job, you can expect the pay to be less than what you’re accustomed to making. In some situations the organisation may assume you’ll get bored in the position and you'll jump ship as soon as a better opportunity comes around.
3 – Have I customised my resumé and cover letter?
Even a professionally-written resumé may require a few adjustments for a particular position. Take a look at the job description one more time. How does it define the job and its responsibilities? What specific language does it use to state the core requirements? If you have those qualifications, make sure they are obvious to the employer.
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