Have you already sent your resume to a hundred employers or home care agencies, yet no one has replied? You may be doing the wrong thing. Confused? Below are the top 5 secrets to a successful caregiver job application.
1. Don’t just scan the job description; understand it.
Most, if not all, caregiver applicants just check the job description. They do not read it to learn more about the job. Just being able to or having the experience to perform some of the tasks will be enough for them to land the job. This is not the case, especially if the employer is very particular with the hiring requirements. You have to make sure that before you submit your application, you are sure that you can deliver all the duties and responsibilities expected of you.
More importantly, most caregiver applicants do not know how to use the job description. Identifying and then using keywords from the job description (i.e. in your resume will eventually help you attract the attention of hiring managers.
2. Use a professional email address.
You may not know it, but your email address will already leave a wrong impression on employers. For example, suppose you use an email address like “sexyme,” “shopaholicme,” and the likes. In that case, you are not allowing yourself to be deemed as a professional. As a result, some hiring managers may disqualify you because of this ‘unprofessional’ email address. If you don’t want to lose this job opportunity, start creating a new email address with your name.
3. Do not apply to just any job opening that you find.
If you think you are maximizing your opportunities to get a caregiver job by applying for all the openings you see online, you are wrong. One of the top 5 secrets to a successful job application is to apply to jobs that you are sure to be qualified for. For instance, why apply for a caregiver job to a senior with slight dementia when you have no experience taking care of one? Do not waste your time applying for jobs where you do not meet the requirements. You'll just get rejected every time.
4. Your appearance matters.
Did you just get a call for an interview? Whether it is a video interview, it is always important to come prepared. It does not only mean rehearsing answers to possible questions but also making yourself look professional and neat. You must wear business and crease-free attire, and your hair must be nicely combed. Of course, your skills and experience matter most. But remember that you are giving an excellent first impression to the interviewer.
5. Create an online profile.
Create a professional profile on LinkedIn. Some hiring managers check for possible caregiver job candidates online. If you have one, you improve your chances of getting their attention. Who knows, they may call you for an initial interview?
You can change your strategies now that you know these top 5 secrets to a successful job application. Good luck with your job search.