Like above, don’t recycle old cover letters. Don’t send out the same CV a thousand times without tailoring it.
Think about your tone. Avoiding text-speak is generally a good idea but if you’re applying for a job at a startup, is “Dear Sirs” or “To Whom It May Concern” really the first impression you want us to have of you?
Consider your CV’s content. Is your latest work experience doing admin for a manufacturing company more or less relevant than your time spent writing for The Tab?
Turn up on time to interviews (or call well enough ahead if something comes up). Dress the part. You’ve done all that great research, show it off!
Remember though, if you’re just starting you don’t need to be an expert yet. Demonstrating passion for the company, for learning, growing and contributing are often far more likely to get you through the door than trying to swat up and falling short.
7. No Skill Too Small
You’d be surprised what can be relevant. I talked about being in a school team that made it to the Lego Mindstorms Regionals in my application and now here I am, Head of People Operations… there’s not an obvious link, so clearly it’s the context that matters!
If you have relevant experience it’s easier to make the link clear, but we all have to start somewhere so if you don’t already have that relevant experience, that shouldn’t necessarily be a barrier.
Consider what you’ve done that’s outside the traditional box. Maybe you’ve volunteered regularly, or been involved with sports teams or clubs and societies and taken on positions of responsibility on the committee, or perhaps you had a part-time student job.
The main thing is the context – if you think it’s relevant include it, but make sure it’s clear to employers too!