Advice from Andrea: Back to Basics
By Andrea McCarthy, Recruiter, Americans for Prosperity Foundation
There is so much to remember when applying for a new job. Often some of the most basic but most important details get overlooked. Be sure to remember the following tips that, if forgotten, could cost you your dream job.
1. Always address the correct person in your introductory email and cover letter. There is nothing more off-putting to a recruiter than to have a cover letter addressed (and written) to a completely different person regarding a completely different position than the one they’re trying to fill.
2. Make sure you list the correct job title. It can be confusing to a recruiter to get a cover letter discussing a regional director position when the actual position is field coordinator. This mistake could eliminate you from consideration. The recruiter may think you have applied for another position with a similar name that you are not qualified to fill. Copy the title exactly as listed in the job description.
3. Do not apply for multiple positions within an organization unless you are definitely qualified for all of them. Chances are you aren’t. Be specific when applying, and only submit your resume for the job that best fits your skill set. If you apply for everything, you’ll probably be seriously considered for nothing.
4. This final tip is about your resume. Always include your physical address on it. This is especially important if a recruiter is trying to fill a position in a certain state. And it’s just helpful for recruiters to know where you’re coming from. If they want to fly you in for an interview, they’ll need those details anyway. Save them the trouble of asking.
Triple check your emails, cover letters, and resumes before sending them to recruiters and hiring managers. If you want to be hired, you need to make sure these basics are covered. Overlooking them will get the recruiter’s attention, but not in a good way! Take your time when applying. It could make all the difference.
Andrea McCarthy is the Recruiter at Americans for Prosperity Foundation where she finds talented individuals to join the AFPF team. Advice from Andrea is a monthly column published by America’s Future Foundation’s Career Center Blog. You can reach Andrea at email@example.com.