When choosing jobs to apply for, focus on job ads where you meet 70-80% or more of the selection criteria. To do otherwise is a waste of energy and most likely sets you up for disappointment. Repeat disappointments may lead to feeling demoralised, to the point of giving up or not caring. Take care of yourself and maintain focus on those jobs where you have the best chance of success.
When writing cover letters, the most common mistake made, is the applicant telling the potential employer what they think the employer wants to know, rather than responding to what the employer has asked for. So what do you write in a cover letter when you are approaching a company where no job has been advertised, i.e., what do you write in a speculative cover letter? One useful approach is to go to online employment, career and recruitment sites and search for jobs that match your existing job title or the job title for the type of work you are seeking. Don’t just look at one or two, look at least a dozen, if not more. Note the qualifications, training, licences and key selection criteria that are most commonly sought across these jobs at this time. Match the results to those that are reflected in your knowledge, skills and experience and which you can provide examples or proof of. Now write your letter focusing on their mostly commonly sought requirements matched with your qualifications and background, remembering to keep your letter succinct, preferably one page in length, but no more than two.
Some people thrive following redundancy perceiving it as an opportunity, while others experience a profound sense of anger, failure or loss.
When we are first made redundant, for some, the temptation to apply for anything and everything is very strong, and perhaps also those around us, with the best of intentions, think it is the right strategy. The trouble is this approach usually ends up demoralising us, as we all too often experience rejection letters relating to jobs that are really unsuited to us. Once that demoralised feeling descends, it may show in how we speak, carry ourselves and approach our job search which further impacts on outcomes.
What can we do? We can take a more controlled and considered path, applying only for those positions where we can demonstrate qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience against 70 to 80% of the selection criteria. This strategy increases the likelihood of job search success.