This is something people get wrong or right, and it often depends on how confident you are.
As someone who often handles the application area of LLLRanting, I can tell you what makes you successful in your application attempt.
So, here are some tips for you – whether you’re applying to us or to someone else:
- Be Polite – I hate it when I get a message about applying and the message just says: “Read my CV”. And it’s so annoying. I get it, you want me to read your CV. But having basic communication skills is needed in EVERY job! Literally! A quick:
Hello, my name is [insert name here]. I’m interested in becoming a member of your team. I have [List your skills]. And I believe I would be able to bring [insert nice things] to the work place. Please find my CV attached. Thank you. I hope to hear from you soon, [Sign Name Here].
That is literally all I’m asking for. You can attach your CV but without writing a nice briefing, why would I want to read it? By just saying, Read my CV, you sound Arrogant, Incompetent, and just plain rude. As well as showing me that you lack the communication skills that are required in this area of work.
- Don’t CAPITALIZE – This is a part of life that I find irritating and I know a lot of employers are the same. I get that you have AN ENGLISH A-LEVEL, but you don’t have to PUT IT IN CAPS, you could just write it out nicely, making us want to read it! The only part of ENGLISH A-LEVEL that should be capitalized is English A-Level, which you should know considering you’re claiming to have an English A-Level.
- Don’t assume someone’s gender – This is a simple thing to avoid. Instead of saying “Hello Sir,” say “Hello Sir/Madame,” or maybe even “To whomever it concerns”. Don’t be silly and assume someone is a Man or a Woman, whether its based of their name or role. I’m Castiel but I’m not a man, or a woman for that matter. But Jesse is Male, but for some reason everyone assumes he’s female. Like… No, that’s a boy’s name. Jessie is the female version.
- Don’t show off – If you’re applying for a writing job, you can show off as much as you like in your CV. That is the point of it. But if you sit there, telling me how many books you’ve written and had published, how you graduated from Harvard on a full Journalism Scholarship, I will just say goodbye. Why? Because neither of those things tell me about you. I want to know your hobbies, your passions, what you do in your spare time, why you want to work for me. Not how you’re academically good or how you’re not undiscovered. Bragging, in a normal conversation to get to know one another, is not a good way to do this.
And they’re my tips.
So, to recap:
- Be Polite,
- Don’t Capitalize things you think are important because that’s not always the case,
- Don’t assume someone’s gender, they may just have a Unisex name,
- And Don’t Show Off. Just be yourself.
I hope this helps some of you, and I hope you have a very nice day!
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