How to write a job application that will land you an interview

Some employers receive dozens of job applications each day. Do you know how to stand out with your application?

Anytime submitting a job application (and it doesn’t matter if you do it online, on a job board, on a career web page of a particular company, or if you hand it directly to the store manager), you should keep in mind the goal you have:

To get an invitation for an interview. In this article we will outline some ideas that should help you to achieve your goal.


1. Enter as much information as possible, and send everything they ask you to send them.

Many candidates will send just their resume. No cover letter, no references, no salary history. It is okay only if they explicitly ask you to send nothing but a resume. In all other cases, it shows the hiring managers that:

  • You did not read the job offer carefully, which means that you do not seriously care for the job (perhaps you sent twenty application on the same day).
  • You are lazy, or not responsible. Remember–everything you do from the moment of applying for a job to a moment of leaving the interview room helps us to create a picture about you.


2. Fill all blank spaces in your job application

Empty spaces are not good. If you do not know how to answer certain question, think for a while. I am sure you can figure it out within a few minutes.

It is a mistake to leave blank spaces in your application. Blank spaces indicate either an inability to answer a question, or little interest for the job.

3. Include (or attach) your picture

Picture makes from a number a human being. I remember times when I was living in the UK. My roommate carried with him always many small pictures when walking to the city, trying to get the job. When filling typical UK paper-form job applications, he always glued a picture to the right corner of the paper. In two weeks time, he got seven interview invitations.


4. Show extra motivation if you can.

If you are applying for a job in a store, mention that it is your favorite place for shopping.  Similar example: If you apply for a job in a travel agency, mention that some of your friends traveled with them and were satisfied with the trip. Compliment them for something, they will like you for doing that…

It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. Even a small change on your job application (such as attaching a picture, or saying something nice about the employer) can help you to change your fortunes, and get an invitation for an interview…

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