7 Steps to Applying for Jobs in Beast Mode

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How to increase your job prospects when applying for jobs online

Submitting your CV online only is as effective in helping you land the job as dropping a bottle into the ocean and having it picked up by your soulmate. You lose track of what you applied to, who you contacted, what jobs you prioritize over others, and end up giving up.

I get it, applying for jobs sucks. I hate doing it. You hate doing. Meryl Streep hates doing it. Oh wait, she doesn’t need to apply for jobs. I got news for you, you’re not Meryl. BUT with this guide you’ll be turning down multiple offers with elegance and grace and look agelessly beautiful doing it (your actual appearance may vary).

 

Step 1: Create a job application tracking tool

This baby will help you keep track of what you applied to, the date, the URL of the position, the contact person, and other info you may wish to add. Keeping track will help you not get lost in the process, highlight positions you’re extra excited about, and keep track of your follow ups.

In fact, we created one just for you! Click here to download my patented (not really), ultra effective (it’s fairly simple), super organized excel sheet.

Here’s what it looks like

Job Application Tracking Tool - Screenshot

Step 2:  Don’t boil the ocean

Prioritize the jobs you want to apply for. Seems obvious? Yes because it is.  A common mistake that job seekers make is applying to every job they see without undertaking proper due diligence. More important than the quantity of applications you do, is the quality of applications you submit. Each job application requires a custom cover letter and potentially a custom CV. Recruiters can quickly spot candidates applying for the sake of applying, versus those who are serious about their pursuit of the position.

Find a way to spin your experience in a way that matches the position’s requirements. Make sure your cover letter isn’t longer than a page or about 600 words. Remember what you write in your cover letter because you’ll need it in step 4.

Find job postings on the company website or places like Indeed, Workopolis, Jobboom, Stepstone or one you may know about (leave it in the comments!). They are all effective at what they do: Showing job postings. Don’t forget to note how long ago the position has been listed. Jobs that have been posted for more than three months might signal that recruiters and positions supervisors are having a hard time filling the position. That is important as it means they may be more open to direct calling (good for you), or that this is a future opportunity.

Step 3: Start populating that list

The bigger your list is the better. The more positions you have in there, the more hope you have about the future. If one application doesn’t work out, just take a look at your nice long list and you will have something else to look forward to. Keeping your attitude positive is essential and this list does exactly that.

Step 4: Find the supervisor of the position you applied to

Skip HR. You might as well talk to Siri about your hopes and dreams because HR have ZERO bearing on whether or not you get hired. Your future manager does. Find their profile on LinkedIn. This will give you greater insight into who they are and allow you to gain a better understanding of the role’s requirements. In many cases your future manager was once playing the role you are applying for.

Arabian businessman having a phone conversation in his office

Step 5: The Call: “Hi is Mr. Gates there?”

The purpose of this call is to develop a relationship with your potential supervisor. By talking to you on the phone, they can gauge how excited you are about the position; better evaluate your qualifications and communication skills; and hopefully even glance over your CV and give you feedback. This will also get them invested in your candidacy and potentially push to get you an interview.

The way the call proceeds is also important. Call the front desk and ask to speak to the person you need. You MUST mention them by name. If asked for the purpose of your call, just say you’re following up on an email you sent them. Do NOT say your applying for jobs.

I cannot stress this enough. REHEARSE YOUR CALL. Write down the flow of the conversation on a sheet of paper and have it in front of you when you call. Think of it as a conversation flow chart. This will help eliminate filler words (Ums and Uhs) on the phone and take the conversation to where you want it to go. Things you want to Research before the call:

  • The project you anticipate you will be working on from day one
  • The role of your future supervisor and make sure you use key words
  • The timeline of project/product

After presenting yourself and your title on the phone, explain that you applied to a specific role, how you’re compatible with the role, how you plan to add value. Be sure to ask them questions too. Things like:

  • What they do on the project or in the company
  • What the duties of the candidate are specifically in the context of the project
  • The profile and number of the people you would be working with
  • Company culture questions like social events and lifestyle associated with the job

The end goal of the conversation is to convince the supervisor that you are worth looking into individually and for them to request to see your CV personally. Don’t be too shy to ask that. For example:

“If you don’t mind, I could email you my CV. I can briefly summarize our conversation and you have a better look at my qualifications. Would that be ok with you?”

If they say yes, you’re set. They might forward it to HR and put in a good word. They might request you be interviewed sooner than others. People appreciate a go getter who takes initiative, proves themselves as an effective communicator, and speaks clearly and eloquently on the phone. If they don’t say yes, don’t sweat it. People are busy, they would help if they could. Don’t insist and be sure to thank them for their time and for answering your questions.

Step 6: Summarize your interaction and send a thank you email

Send a “thank you” email to the person you spoke to. Include the documents and information you agreed to send and mention you will follow up with them in a week or so.

In your list, note down who you spoke to and the outcome of the conversation. This will help you keep track and not repeat conversations or questions. It will also keep your follow up call or email concise and to the point.

Step 7: Repeat until employed.

Or until you do it so much you write a blog post about it!

Most comprehensive guide to job related events this Ramadan in Dubai

Are you sitting idly this Ramadan and feel frustrated at the lack of momentum and feedback you are getting from your job hunt?

We feel your pain. But did you know that this doesn’t have to be the case?

To help you pick up speed, we have scoured the entire web to find a few hidden gems that you can explore this Ramadan. In total, these 11 events below will help you either pick up a new skill that can bolster your credentials or will serve to help you expand your network.

Be sure to click on the “hosted by” link for more information on a particular event.

Happy exploring!

June 8

What to expect:

Offers a free IELTS Masterclass™ designed for candidates preparing to take the IELTS test. It will provide:

  • Practical tips on how best to enhance your English
  • Insights into common mistakes you can avoid
  • Interactive tasks using the assessment criteria

Price:

Free

IELTS class

 

What to expect:

This isn’t a traditional networking event. There are no sales pitches or “upsells” – it’s just a relaxed and informal get-together of likeminded people, with a friendlier and more supportive atmosphere than we’ve found at any other event.

 

Price:

Free

the property hub logo

June 9

 

What to expect:

A Workshop that will address the following 5 areas:

  1. Why cash flow is king over profit & turnover
  2. Uncover hidden cash in your business
  3. Cash flow strategies via case studies
  4. Funding growth through cash flow
  5. Cash flow for business valuation

 

Price:

Free

xcel accounting

June 10

 

What to expect:

The course covers topics relating the LEED building certification program. Areas covered include:

  • Introduction to the Sustainability and LEED rating systems
  • Learn and practice the three exam areas – Recognition, Application, and Analysis
  • Identify the key components of the LEED for Green Building Design + Construction Rating System
  • Discuss the requirements and implementation strategies of each credit/prerequisite.
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation in Design
  • Regional priority
  • Learn how to use LEED Online
  • Learn how to document for LEED projects

Price:

500 AED

chicago institute for management training

June 11

 

What to expect:

The workshop will offer participants the chance to explore Human-Centered Design and empathy driven solutions. Promoted widely by design firms like IDEO and Stanford University’s D School, Design Thinking is now on the must know tools of all major companies. The course looks at different aspects of radical thinking and can be seen as a new approach to deal with Growth, Innovation and Problem Solving. Though designing, as a craft requires years of dedicated education and talent, this workshop does not require a prior experience in Design and is open to anyone with a desire to learn new techniques of innovation.

 

Price:

$1,200/ 4,400 AED

design thinking workshop

 

  • Visualizing the Invisible – The Personal Framework, hosted by: Osama Natto

 

What to expect:

A hands-on workshop that will provide you with the tools you need to discover yourself and plan for the coming years. In just three hours, you will learn how to develop your own “big picture.” Topics covered include:

  • Discovering your personal values
  • Determining your purpose in life
  • Finding balance in your life
  • Understanding your true needs
  • Managing your emotions
  • Dealing with love, family, business, studies, health, projects, and personal development
  • Facing your worries and fears
  • Coming to closure with unfinished business

 

Price:

$68.06 – $81.68/ 250 AED – 300 AED

personal framework

June 12

 

What to expect:

OnBoarders is a low key event that is free to BBG members, specifically aimed at new members and those who want to dip their toe in the networking water. If you aren’t yet a BBG member and would like to come and ‘try before you buy’ you are welcome to attend this event.

 

Price:

50 AED

british business group

 

What to expect:

The course is aimed at professionals seeking PMP certification and will address a variety of areas, including:

  • Project Management Framework
  • Project Life Cycle & Organization
  • Project Management Process
  • Project Management Knowledge areas

Price:

Dependent on group size

 

June 15

  • A morning with Alan Cohen, Co-Chair of the Harvard Principal’s Center and Co-Founder of Project Zero New York City, hosted by: Clarion School

 

What to expect:

Alan Cohen will speak about his work at the Harvard University Graduate School for Education.

 

Price:

Free

igniting curiosity

 

June 20

What to expect:

Join strangers for a discussion with Gunjan Tripathy, an experienced Nutrition Consultant & Health Coach, who will share tips on healthy eating.

Confirm your presence by sending a whatsapp message to 050 7684490

 

Price:

20 AED

change initiative

 

What to expect:

Meet internationally certified faculty and friendly students; tour the downtown campus and speak to qualified Enrollment Officers so you can pick the program that’s right for you! On the spot Admission and Registration is available.

Visit the Canadian University Dubai Open House and have a chance to learn about our Undergraduate and Graduate programs, meet with Students and Faculty from your favourite programs, enroll for Summer & Fall 2016.

 

Price:

Free

ramadan open house

Got events in your area that you think we should add to the list? Reach us at help@wadhefty.com with your suggestions