Always make sure your CV is current, up to date and starts off with your most recent employment. Avoid filler or flowery language. Keep it relevant and appropriate to the job you are applying for.
Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and mention relevant experience or ways in which you specifically meet the person specification. It never hurts to email the hiring manager (if a contact is given) to find out additional information about the role. Research the role and enhance your knowledge about the organisation. It shows you are aware, interested and engaged. Include a cover letter that is tailored to the role. Demonstrate enthusiasm and provide applicable examples. It is helpful to have someone read over your application before submitting to ensure you haven’t missed out any typos or grammatical errors. Do not mention anything you cannot provide evidence of or back up at interview stage. Honesty really is the best policy.
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Lastly, track your application. If you haven’t received a response, always be sure to chase it up and ask for feedback if available.