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Make it Easy for Them to Hire You

Dec 20, 2021

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Are you updating a cover letter and resume for an upcoming dream position?

Most applications are now requested and submitted online. Seems easy enough.

Here's a tip to avoid one of the biggest mistakes you might make when applying for this dream position.

Make it easy for them to hire you.

Have you ever printed a number of similar-looking items and had to put them in the proper order? Perhaps it was a year of utility bills for taxes or a pile of medical receipts that needed to be itemized for reimbursement? Think about the time and care it took you to get them in their proper order.

Now consider how little time an admin assistant or secretary has when printing attachments received in an application package.

💭 How will your hard work be ordered and represented in the short-listing meeting?

💭 What package will be sitting in front of the members of the interview committee if you get to that final step in the hiring process?

A Simple Solution

Email is a common way to submit an application, of course, but there are various types of software that are often used by districts and schools. While some ask you to fill out a lengthy application, most request or allow you to upload supporting documents.

You should always upload whatever is allowed. Always!

And regardless of whether you apply via email or software, one pdf will better ensure you are represented the way you want, with your pages set up in the order that you want them.

Imagine being in the interview room and being able to confidently say, “If you look at page 6 in my application package, you’ll see a letter from my superintendent who says …”

Make it easy ...

✔️ for the person who hits print.

✔️ for people to see you in your best light.

✔️ to reference evidence of your successes.

 

Make it easy for them to hire you.

 

 

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