Q: How do I answer a job advertisement?
A: Here are some pointers:
- Slow down and take the time to do it properly.
- Have the right mindset: your response needs to meet the needs of the employer, not your own. Don’t waste time talking about what you want or need.
- Make a note of every single word and phrase in the ad.
- Try to assess what the important parts are: you need to meet those requirements 100%. Do not apply when you are clearly under qualified. Tip: The most important requirements are usually listed first.
- Try to assess what the less important parts are: you need to meet 80% of those. But show how you are preparing to meet those requirements.
- Use the words in the advertisement in your cover letter and CV.
- Find evidence in your experience to prove that you have the skills, experience and personal qualities asked for. Here is a list of transferable skills for you to identify the skills you can claim.
(Scroll down in this document, until you find them.)
- Do some more research about the company and even the person if there is a name.
- Attach all the documents asked for and in the right format.
- Double check your grammar and spelling, that you have the right address or email address, that you have attached the documents.