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Tips for a Top-Notch Application

A helpful list of tips...

  1. Thoroughly read the job description. Take time to understand exactly what the job expects from you for the position you are applying for; do not ignore the detailed description of what the job entails.
  2. Create an original cover letter. If the job posting requests a cover letter be attached, be sure to include one. Make sure to write the cover letter specific to your accomplishments and skills, addressing the job description properly. Go a step further and mention how you will use the knowledge and skills you have on-the-job.
  3. Identify key words and tailor your resume. Take your time and look over your resume. Find the key words in the job description and make sure you indicate how your accomplishments address those requirements.
  4. Make sure your responses are on target and error free. Motivate yourself to triple-check your application for spelling, content, and grammar. Make sure all your information is completely spelled out—in other words, avoid abbreviations and acronyms.
  5. Maintain your profile. Oregon Department of Corrections uses a tracking application system (ATS) allowing you to save your personal information for future use. Don’t forget to keep your online profile up-to-date each time you apply for a position, especially your email address.
  6. Fill out all fields on the application. By filling out every field, you are not just giving information that could make you stand out from the competition, but also demonstrating your interest and desire for the job. Don’t miss out on any chances to be included in the recruiters' filtering processes for the position.
  7. Review all the information you imported before submitting. Before hitting the submit button, take a final glance at the content you have provided. Make sure you have attached all necessary documents such as college transcripts, military DD214 forms, and licenses required for applying to a specific job. Keep in mind, once you click the submit button, your information is sent to the recruiter directly. First impressions are important, so make the best one possible when you apply.