CV and Cover Letter Improvements
Researching the company as part of applying for an open job, does make it easier for you to adjust your CV, cover letter and write a strong motivation to work with the company. Getting the CV to be easy to overview, and 100% relevant according to the employers’ need is key to get selected for an interview, especially if you stand out. You need to analyze the employers need, and make small adjustments to your CV for most job-applications - and not have any errors.
Researching the company is essential to figure out if you want to spend your time on the company. Understanding the background of the company and their main mission and values is quite relevant to write a good job application. You might need to get extra information on the company culture, their products and the social and economic conditions in the country and region you are looking for a job in. You should also spend time on looking through the companies' social media profile
and main website to get some background information. Most typically, there are key aspects of the job which you need to research and be updated on
Specific job knowledge
Calling up the HR or department manager is a good idea, if the advertisement has their name and number. Some consider emailing the company with a few questions, but its better with direct contact and you have more flexibility in your questions - and it takes shorter time for the manager to answer a phone call. Thus, you will be able to refer to a good dialogue with the contact person in your job application, which also monster.com points out. With a good dialogue you can improve your knowledge on which skills and content you should focus on in your job application. It is not all applicants who calls before applying. It should only be done, if you are prepared and have relevant questions, otherwise, you could give a bad impression. Your choice of phoning shows that you have initiative - and a referral to a dialogue with the manager in the cover letter is a way to get extra attention to get selected for an interview.
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