How to stand out against the masses for your dream job

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If you want to land your dream job then it all starts from the initial point of contact.

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Whether you are applying for an internship or a full time position – first impressions leave quite the impact.

The Fashion Weekly team receives a large volume of portfolios on the daily. Sadly, many applications come through and are only given enough time for a quick glance. Why? Because we can tell very quickly who has and who hasn't put in the extra effort to stand out.

We’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts from our experiences so you can stand out against the masses and impress your future employer.


Do personalise your cover letter

Simply put, the generic cover letter will be deleted. If you want to stand out, enquire ahead of time and address the letter to the appropriate contact. Research the company and include how the company can benefit from hiring you. A few praises never hurt either but don’t go over-board.

Don’t make any spelling mistakes

You’d be surprised how many cover letters and resumes we’ve received with grammatical errors. It doesn’t leave a good impression if an applicant can’t spend enough time to proofread their work before submission.

Do keep it professional

Make sure your voicemail is professional and somewhat enthusiastic. If you nail it and the company calls you to organise an interview, ensure your message bank is welcoming and represents you in a sophisticated manner. If you have one of those ‘leave a message and it will be sent as a text’ notification – change it. Try to keep the process of contacting you as seamless as possible. If an employer has to chase you, they’ll probably find another candidate.

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Don't think it’s all about you

Many job seekers are in it for themselves. Now, of course your position needs to make you happy but you need to show your potential employer that you are there for them. Show them why and how you can be a valuable asset. It’s not all about you; keep your feelings about personal gain under wraps.

Don’t apply for a job then leave the country

If an employer is interested in hiring, then they are probably looking to fill the position quickly. If you apply for the job and then head overseas and are impossible to contact - you can pretty much guarantee that they won’t be waiting around for you. Don’t blow your chances, wait until you get back and then send them your portfolio.

Happy job-hunting lovelies. Remember, a little extra effort goes a long way.