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Your Job Application Checklist (bookmark this).

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Making a good impression with a job application is not as hard as it might seem.

Assuming that you meet key criteria, the role of your resume is simply to make this clear. To make this easy for you, following is a list of things to take into account for each of your applications.

If you want to take it to the next level, download our checklist and job application insight sheet (link below). Continue reading

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Learn to Speak the Employer’s Language

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No industry experience? No problem.

The trick is to know what the employer wants to hear.

In fact, even if you have experience, it’s not uncommon to completely miss the mark with your application by failing to talk in a language the employer understands. Continue reading

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Three Things to Keep in Mind When Applying for Fitness Jobs

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When applying for fitness jobs of the same type (eg. Membership Sales, Admin, Personal Training, etc.) there is often a temptation to use a ‘one application suits all’ approach for both cover letters and CVs. While your CV might get away with being familiar from one job to the next (highlighting the same relevant qualifications and experience), your cover letter really does need to reflect the different opportunities. Continue reading

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Decades Old, Another Industry But These Job Application Tips are Solid!

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Ogilvy on Advertising‘ is essential reading for anyone in the advertising industry. What’s that? How has a book on advertising made it into a fitness industry recruitment blog? Beyond its timeless lessons on advertising, there is a small but excellent section on applying for jobs. And despite being more than 30 years old and from another industry, David Ogilvy’s lessons on applying for jobs remain as relevant as ever.  Continue reading

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The Secret to Creating a Cover Letter that Works

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Applying for jobs is about moving through stages. – The first stage is your cover letter, it’s what gets your CV read. The second stage is your CV and its ability to get you a phone call. It’s the phone call that secures the interview. Only in the interview will you secure the job. Over the next few weeks I’ll take you through each of these stages and how to ace them. This week we kick off with the cover letter… Continue reading

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Words And Phrases That Should Be Retired From Your CV

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Words like ‘good looking’ or ‘charismatic’ are fantastic when someone uses them to describe you, but they fall a bit flat if you’re using them to describe yourself. Continue reading

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6 Reasons the Employer Didn’t Call.

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You’ve spotted a brilliant-looking job online. Great location, great salary, interesting role. You send your CV knowing that you’re the best candidate for the role then, a week goes by. Two weeks. Three weeks. You never hear back*. Rest assured, this is not uncommon, so here’s six possible reasons to explain why you didn’t make the cut… Continue reading

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Treat Job Applications Like You Would a Date (7 Tips)

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You’ve met the love of your life and you’re about to head out on your first date. Naturally you want to make a great impression. Do you…

(a) Find out what they’re interested in and engage in relevant conversation, or…

(b) Blurt out all available information about your personal and professional life and hope that they find something in there of interest?

If you’re struggling, the correct answer is (a).

It’s the same with your job application. You might be the greatest, most qualified, most experienced person to apply, but if you’re not addressing the points of interest to the employer, well, you’re not getting the second date. Continue reading

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The First Rule of Cover Letters

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The first rule of Cover Letters:

It’s SINGLE purpose is to get an employer interested in your CV.

It is the first impression (apart from your email address) that an employer has of you.

Before I get into how you can make your Cover Letter work harder for you, I must address one consistently occurring oddity with many Cover Letters… Continue reading

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Here’s 10 Simple Ways to Make Your Job Application Stand Out

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Getting an employer to read your application in full is not always easy.

Apparently the average scan of an application is just six seconds! Essentially, the employer is looking for the key details that alert them to a potential candidate. Continue reading

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