Things you need to check before you apply for a job: Checklist

Our resume plays an important role in getting a job. As our first impression is important, our resume should be such that it makes an impact on the person who reads it. We maybe in a hurry to apply for a job but we should go through the application thoroughly so that there may not be any mistake. In this article I will discuss about a few things we should check before applying for a job.


When you have sent your resume to different recruiters and employers and then you suddenly find that in your job profile a word is misspelled. What would you do? You cannot do anything at this stage. You should have checked it before posting your resume. Therefore when you're in the process of applying for a job, attention to the details is very important. It's very important you must thoroughly check your resume before you submit it anywhere. Here are a few points which everyone should check before finalising it, because once it's submitted you cannot do anything except pray that the recruiter may not have seen it. Here is a checklist that tells you what you should check before submitting your resume -

Read the job post thoroughly

It is very obvious that one who doesn't have a job is very eager to find a job but in a hurry, one should not apply for a job which is not suited for that person. One should read the job posting carefully before applying to it. Always check out for the special requirements the recruiter is asking for. Also, did the job post give you a specific timeline for when someone will reach out, or when it's OK to follow up? Therefore it's better to look out for anything specific in the job posting.

Ensure that your material is flawless

Although it's a pretty simple thing, still we do some careless mistake for which we may have to repent. It hardly matters if you are an external or an internal candidate - your familiarity with the organisation doesn't mean that your mistake will be ignored. Ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors. Once you have completed the application, thoroughly check it and if possible get it checked with someone else. Don't use abbreviations or slang. Always remember your personality is judged by what you write while posting an application for a job so be careful.

Make your application specific for the job

You should not use the same cover letter for every job but should start with a fresh cover letter whenever you post an application for the job, though some part/lines may the same. The same goes for your resume. Try to list the achievements that you feel are relevant to the position and will catch a hiring manager's eye.

Always remember the word "Why?"

Often we write our career detail but we forget to mention - why should the company hire you? Why are you the best-suited person for this job?. And if you don't know the answers for this then its better for you not apply for the job. These are the very basic questions which a recruiter expect a job seeker to answer. Even in the interviews, such questions are very normal so its better you mention the answers to these question while posting an application for the job.

Take your time to review your application

The First impression is the last impression. Therefore check out the application once more and ensure that you have followed all instructions before hitting the submit button for a job posting. You may never want to reach to a recruiter and point out the error you have made in your application as that would be very embarrassing as you won't answer that you could not check it thoroughly.

Last but not the least

Y ou must ensure that you have provided the detailed information about the job profile about your previous job and accomplishments, that all the information you have provided is accurate and updated. It's better not to write what you have not accomplished otherwise you may not be able to answer to the interviewer if he or she goes in depth.


It's obvious that everyone is in a hurry to get a job but in haste, one should not make errors while posting an application for a job. One should be very careful as a job application may decide if he or she would be called for an interview or not. Any flaw may break the chances of being called for an interview so one should have a checklist for the job posting.


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao28 May 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

The resume that you submit while applying for a job will introduce you to the recruiter. By going through the resume only the employer will decide whether to call you for an interview or not. So the first introduction should be good always. So your resume should be well written giving all the facts and highlighting your achievement in the area where the recruiter is looking for a person.

Many candidates make a resume and keep the copies of it and forward it while applying for various posts. It is a wrong practice. The CV should be tailor-made for each position and not ready-made for all.

The author has explained the subject in detail and a good write up.

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