How to improve your application success rate in 2016

Are you applying for lots of jobs without being contacted for an interview?

This is a problem that affects many job seekers in Zambia. How is it that you can apply for lots of jobs and not be called for an interview? The answer can be surprisingly simple:

  1. You are applying for the wrong type of jobs
  2. You are applying for the right type of jobs but do not fully demonstrate your skills in your CV or application
  3. You fail to follow the correct application procedure

3 simple tips to improve your applications success rate in 2016

Focus on quality

When you are looking for work the temptation is to apply for every single job you see. The more jobs you apply for the greater your chance of getting an interview right? Wrong. Applying for every job you see can reduce the quality of your applications. Try focusing your efforts on jobs that match your skills and experience. Applying for fewer jobs will give you time to improve the quality of your applications by researching the organisation recruiting and tailoring your application to meet the requirements of the role.

Update your CV or application

No two employers are the same and no two job advertisements are the same. You therefore need to change your CV and/or application letters to meet the requirements of each job advertisement. Ensure that you read the job advertisement and make a list of the skills and experience required. You then need to show in your CV or application how you meet these requirements.

Follow the application procedure

If the job advert states that you must apply by a certain deadline ensure that your application is received by this deadline – 2 days after the deadline may not be good enough.  If the job advert states that you must submit your application by letter then you should submit your application by letter. To improve your application success rate try to ensure that you understand and follow the application procedure.


If you are serious about improving your application success rate then follow the 3 simple tips outlined above. You can always find lots more useful tips on CVs and applications here.

Further Information

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