How to apply for a job

We all know how difficult it is to find a job these days. There are many more jobseekers than jobs available, which means jobseeking is competitive. However, one of the big problems is that some people are not sure how to apply for a job in the proper manner.

Here we describe some of the common mistakes people make when applying for a job and how to avoid them. We also discuss some important things that you should do when applying for a job.

Things you should NOT do when applying for a job

  1. Don’t just send your CV to an email address without giving more information- no one will read it and you will never get a reply
  2. Don’t apply for ‘any position available.’ You should say what job you want to do and why you are interested in it
  3. Don’t make spelling mistakes! If you make even one spelling mistake the employer will probably reject you and you won’t hear from them
  4. Never FAX your CV to anyone- most job adverts that ask you to fax your CV are scams


Things you SHOULD do when applying for a job

  1. Find out about the company you are applying to. Why do you want to work there? If you know someone who works there, ask them to refer you
  2. Try to find out the name of the recruiter. If you send an email to a named person you have a much higher chance of getting a reply
  3. When you send your CV by email, make sure you write a few lines in the email explaining who you are, what job you are applying for and why you are interested. This will increase your chances of getting a reply


Remember that recruiters are very busy and don’t have time to reply to every application. Increase your chances of getting a job by making it easy for recruiters to understand your application.

To help you apply for your next job, we’ve written an example email below. Take a look and try using this approach in your next job application:


Dear <<recruiter’s name OR sir/madam>>

I am writing to apply for a job as a <<call centre agent, sales person, shop assistant, driver>> at <<company name>>

I have <<1 year’s work experience>> working as a <<your previous position>>

I am professional, hard-working and willing to work extra hours if necessary

Please find attached my CV and I hope to hear from you soon

Many thanks,

<<your name>>

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