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Application Tips From a Recruiter
Friday, November 02, 2012

Job searching can be extremely frustrating and discouraging when resume after resume goes unresponded to. When a resume is added to a big stack of others, there's no telling whether your resume will even be seen by a recruiter or human resources manager.

Recruiters know what they're looking for and keep their eyes focused on key things. Their main objective is to perfectly match the candidate and position by finding as many similarities between the two as they can. Here are some tips from recruiters that can increase your chances of being a match for the job.

1) Apply to jobs that you are suited for.

Many job seekers will apply to positions that they want and hope to get rather than jobs for which they are match. A good way to determine whether you have good chance of being considered for the job is to see if you match the job description more than 50 percent. Recruiters want to make sure that those they take to the next step will have a happy ending instead of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

2) Meet the majority of the criteria.

Requirements listed in job descriptions aren't optional. No matter how much a potential employer likes a candidate, it won't change the required skills needed to perform a job. Being proficient and very good at something are not the same. Saying that you're better at something than you really are can put you in a tough position because they will expect you to be true to your word. Positions that aren't filled by the right people are likely to open up again so that they can be.

3) Being overqualified can work against you.

Recruiters will indicate a certain amount of experience because they are looking for someone with the right level of expertise. Candidates with not enough or too many years of experience may not match the salary level that the job position offers. There are some who still apply that are fine with taking a salary cut, but companies want to avoid this. It wouldn't be fair to anyone if they hired someone who wasn't satisfied with their job and continue to look elsewhere.

4) Apply to places you can commute to.

Jobs abroad might sound appealing. You might think, "I could do this on the other side of the world." Recruiters, however, will want people they can easily access. Even if you meet all their requests and requirements, most companies won't go through the trouble of relocating a new hire. They also know that there is much more at stake for those who are willing to relocate. Many often back out once they realize the sacrifices they and their families have to make. Things are much easier for both parties without the factor of relocation.

5) Listen to the voice in your head.

As much as you want a job, any job, your search should be conducted based on your qualifications and desire to do it. It's much more effective to apply to less places that you're a better match for than to more that you may or may not be appropriate for. This will allow you to have a more efficient, and hopefully successful, job search. If you have any doubts about applying for or accepting a job, listen to your gut. Settling for a job will most likely cause you to leave it.