Tip #1 Know what you are applying for
It’s important to show a genuine interest in the apprenticeship that you’re applying for. We at TASBGAS always want to make sure you’re committed to completing four years of training because you have a strong passionate interest in the work and have a desire to succeed.
Tip #2 Make sure you fit the job criteria!
Applying for jobs you are ineligible or unqualified for is time consuming for both yourself and for the recruiter. Recruiters write their job ads specifically for each position that is available, and put these kinds of criteria in the description because they’re a necessity.
If you would like to apply for a job but don’t meet the criteria (or you aren’t sure if you meet the criteria), call the Recruiter to discuss the problem, and to ask about registering for other similar jobs. If you’re seeing a lot of jobs asking for a specific licence, do the research and work towards getting the licence yourself.
Tip #3 Have a smart resume and cover letter
Be sure to add or remove information according to the job criteria based on its relevancy. Having lots of unimportant information distracts the reader from seeing the parts you really want employers to know about you.
It’s important to use spell check, and read what you’ve written aloud to make sure it flows and makes sense. There are also great websites out there that will check grammar and give you tips for improving your language style.
Tip #4 Include your relevant experience
For example, if you’re applying for an Carpentry Apprenticeship and the only experience you have is working on small projects at home , include that and photos in your cover letter. It’s relevant and will actually go a long way in getting your resume onto the short list and into the interview stage. But don’t lie or exaggerate! You will be caught out eventually, and this will severely damage your reputation with the company you’re applying with.
Tip #5 Get your personal details right!
It’s very important to use a professional email address as well. No inappropriate language, misspelled words or puns on your name, as this looks unprofessional and in extreme cases can damage your reputation and chances for employment.
Tip #6 Be on time!
If you are going to be late for any reason, make sure you call to let the interviewer know. They will appreciate the call and the respect you’ve shown for their time. Even if you’re only going to be 5 minutes late, a quick courtesy call will be appreciated. If you need to reschedule, give as much notice as possible.
Tip #7 Present a good image!
First impressions are so important and your personal presentation will impact greatly on your success. Don’t forget to take the gum out of your mouth and spray a bit of deodorant on if it’s a hot day.
Tip #8 Don't show up empty handed
In some cases you may be interviewed by more than one person, so print out a couple of copies to be safe. It’s best to put together a neat folder that has copies of your resume at the front (that the interviewer(s) can keep) and then any relevant certificates behind that so they can browse and take photocopies if they wish.