The recent weather systems that have battered the Caribbean, Cuba and Miami just go to show that Mother Nature isn’t a force to be reckoned with. Hurricanes come in all shapes and sizes. The same can be said about job seekers and their job applications. Are you a Harvey, Irma, José, Lee or Maria job seeker? Find out in our blog, as we explain five different types of applicant and how they go about applying for roles.

Category 5

The Hurricane Irma of the recruitment world. These are the type of job seekers who go at things at 150mph. Applying for a variety of roles and not answering questions as thoroughly as they probably could. The category 5’s like to get things done at speed and will rush to get things completed as quickly as possible. Trying to get as many applications completed and thinking that surely, they’ll get an interview from at least one of them. This is certainly not the right way to go about things.

Category 4

Not quite as catastrophic as an Irma but lessons could still be learnt towards how to approach your applications. Travelling at speed and not thinking things through; You try to get things done quickly and answer certain questions in detail. The general feeling is that your applications lack content and you seem to answer questions half-heartedly. Do you really want the position or are you applying for the sake of it?

Category 3

You apply for several roles matching your skill set, even though they are more senior positions than the role which you are currently in. You complete the application forms thoroughly enough and hope that you get offered the chance to be interviewed. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get shortlisted, as there are plenty more jobs to apply for.

Category 2

Creating yourself a deadline to complete your application form. It might seem like that it’s an unrealistic target to have set yourself, but you will then complete it to the best of your abilities. You target certain roles to apply for that you have had work experience in. That way, if you get shortlisted for an interview you can explain in detail your personal experiences, which could stand you in good stead.

Category 1

The calmest of hurricane and job seeker. You set aside your time to complete the application and give it 100% of your attention. You are committed to every application that you make, in the hope that you will be successfully shortlisted for interview. You only pick the roles that interest you and feel that you would be a success at, if offered the position.

Every job seeker is different and that is a good thing, but you must remember that Category 4 and 5 applications aren’t the right way to go about things. It’s not just a waste of your time when applying for the role, but also for the recruiter who must sift through the applications when creating a shortlist of applicants. If you were to focus your attentions on Categories 1, 2 and 3 then you stand more of a chance of being offered an interview and also the role that you have applied for.

It is worth noting that if you are a Category 4 or 5, you could be doing significantly more damage to your reputation than Category 1,2 and 3 job seekers.

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