How to Prepare an Outstanding Job Application

Your guide to applying for a job, with some creative guidance from Adobe Spark

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Your job application is a crucial opportunity to paint the most incredible picture of yourself and your accomplishments to future employers. Give yourself every chance you can get to sing your praises so that your audience knows just how much of a catch you are. Present yourself in a light that is genuinely unique to you, as that’s the best way for you to communicate your strongest skills and stand out amongst the rest.

Spark Interest with Your Audience by Using Creativity

With Adobe Spark, you can craft application elements such as a resumé, CV, portfolio, cover letter, recommendation letters, and more using unique formats that will catch the eye of any reader while supporting you and all that you have to offer. Explore traditional, professional templates, or take the road less traveled with unconventional presentation options, such as Spark Page or Spark Video, to create a memorable experience that tells of your talents and abilities. Stress less and create more with Adobe Spark so you can present a well-rounded, standout application that no employer will soon forget.

The best way to catch your audience’s attention is by standing out. Use your creativity to craft stand-out content that is uniquely its own, and it will undoubtedly resonate with your target audience. Adobe Spark is your partner in shine along the way, here to help you create beautiful designs whether you’rea first-timer or a professional artist.

Build an Outstanding Resume

Whether you’re looking for a job down the street or across the world, you need a resumé that looks just right, both in print and online. Your resumé is one of the first impressions you’ll make with a future employer, so it should find a way to show off your vast and impressive experience, as well as stand out among other applications. With Spark Post’s fast and easy free resumé maker, you can create an attention-grabbing, professional resume in a variety of styles without spending a cent – or a lot of time.

For professional resumes, it’s important to adhere to specific formalities. Generally, you’ll want your resumé to be rich with details that is designed in a way that’s easy to read. Stick with formal serif fonts, and avoid color unless it’s a well-chosen accent. Make sure your language is effective and concise, and that you are clear about your past experiences and accomplishments. Avoid any unnecessary descriptions, and stick to the most important points to be made. Explore Adobe Spark Post’s professional resumé templates to find a perfect foundation to get yours started.

If you work in a more creative field, try out a more creative approach with your resumé. Think about it – if you’re being hired for you creative skills, your resumé is a great opportunity to give potential employers a taste of your style! And Adobe Spark Post is ready to ignite your creativity. Explore countless, one-of-a-kind creative resumé templates, and remix and revise the themes to fit your unique personal branding and style.

Maybe you’re seeking a resumé that’s somewhere in between a formal, professional approach, and an off-the-cuff creative one. Peruse through Spark Post’s modern resumé templates, with more minimal and impressive details that communicate a subtle statement of taste without overwhelming design elements. Modern resumés allot plenty of room for job experience, skills, and personal overview information so you can paint the whole picture for your potential employers.

Building your first ever resume? Don’t worry, Adobe Spark Post has fresher resumé templates to start you off right. If you’re a college student or recent graduate applying for jobs, you’ll want to have a fresher resumé ready to go. Different than a standard resumé, a fresher resumé showcases skills and information from academic history rather than professional experience. Also, a fresher is used to lay out career objectives as you move into the work space. Use Adobe Spark to design an impressive fresher resumé that will wow any and all of your future employers.

High School resumés are easy to build with Adobe Spark Post as well! The college process is rigorous and stressful, so let Adobe Spark take some of that weight off your shoulders. Our layouts and templates were created with strong design in mind so all you have to do is fill in the details! Get excited about building your resumé and sharing your experience with college admissions officers and employers alike. With a little help from Spark, your future is already looking bright.

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Design an Impressive CV

Your curriculum vitae, or CV, is a document that describes your “course of life.” While a resume is a one-page document that presents your relevant personal and professional to a future employer, a CV is a long, detailed document that describes the entire course of your experiences. Your CV should serve as a catalog for the entirety of your academic history, professional experiences, skills and qualifications, awards, publications, and anything else you have to show for your hard work and achievements over the years. Be detailed, be precise, and of course, be organized so anyone who reads through it can get a clear picture of your true greatness. While it might take time to compile all your history and details, you won’t have to worry about spending additional hours preparing the presentation. Adobe Spark is here to help you build a streamlined, finely crafted CV that is unique to you.

A traditional CV is text-based, which you can build getting started with Adobe Spark Post using endless customization options. However, if you’re looking to share a significant amount of information and multimedia content on your CV, a digital approach can do so in a professional, tasteful way using Adobe Spark Page. If you have photos that are examples of your work or accomplishments, upload them and drop them into your CV. If you don’t need photos to reference your work, don’t sweat it! Adobe Spark Page gives you access to stock photos and graphics that you can use to make your CV dynamic and captivating. Explore the multiple layout options to optimize your media presentation, and get creative to add your personal touch to it.

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Present a Dynamic Portfolio

Adobe Spark Page is an excellent resource for building an online portfolio. Create a webpage without any web design or technical experience in a stress-free, intuitive interface. Your portfolio will flow with Spark Page’s template and layout options, with plenty of options for displaying text, photos, and videos. For these reasons, Spark Page can help you create a standout portfolio for creative positions, but also consider getting creative with an online portfolio even if it’s not traditional for your field. This is your time to shine and present the work you’re proud of in a beautiful, professional light.

For a more on-the-go portfolio, explore your options with Adobe Spark Video. Upload photos and text-slides to create a photo slideshow video to share on social media or with your elevator pitch. Or, if you have video content, upload it, edit it, and tie it together with music using Spark Video. You don’t need editing skills to create something compelling, trust in your creative vision to bring something wonderful to life using Spark as your guide.

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Crafting a Compelling Cover Letter

Your cover letter is your chance to really stand out, and what better way to do it than with a compelling design! A sleek and streamlined presentation is easy to make with Adobe Spark regardless of your design experience. Focus on having fun building your cover letter and its contents, and get excited to share it with your potential employers.

As you write your cover letter, remember to address three important points: what’s unique about you, what you appreciate about the company you’re applying with, and what makes you the best candidate for the available position. Remember to avoid cliché words and instead, speak honestly and from the heart in your own voice. You are an excellent candidate, so let it show! Let Adobe Spark take any unnecessary stress off your shoulders so you can focus on nailing your interview and landing the job.

Spark Post is a great place to get started if you’re keen on building a standard-size, printable cover letter to send in with your application. You can spice up your letter using Spark Post’s design tools and customization options to create something true to you.

If you’re able to submit a digital cover letter, consider building it with Spark Page. By using Spark Page, you can upload photos and videos with better presentation options and less concern for running out of space. Keep it concise, as your cover letter should only include what’s relevant rather than the entirety of your work. Explore layouts that intertwine your skills and content in a cohesive, attention-grabbing manner that allow you to stand out from the crowd.

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Make a Statement with Video Slideshows

If it’s appropriate, dare to be different with a video slideshow cover letter. Adobe Spark Video slideshow maker provides you with several different customization options, so you can create something your potential employer has never seen before. The message you want to get across should live long in their memory if it is delivered in an original and distinctive way. Use this powerful picture slideshow maker to compose a unique presentation by adding different backgrounds, photos, videos and voice content. Don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with the various options until you’ve found the right combination of text, music and video. Don’t forget to hit the key points listed above to make sure your cover letter drives home a strong, convincing application!

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Recommendation Letters Using Spark Page

Save paper, time, and effort by building or showcasing your recommendation letter with Adobe Spark Page. Whether you’re requesting an experience letter or compiling one for a peer, Spark Page makes it easy to have it look great and leave a positive impact on the reader. A sleek and streamlined presentation is easy to create regardless of your design experience. And it’s easy to share with countless recipients in just a few clicks.

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Tips on Preparing Job Applications

  1. Apply Accurately

    You want your employers to thoroughly consider your application, so be sure to thoroughly understand the job requirements. Read through the listing and jot down important keywords that apply to the position and include them in your application so employers know you have exactly what they’re looking for. Take it an extra step further by reaching out to the company via LinkedIn or personal connections for informational interviews to make sure this position is the right one for you. Personal interactions can contribute massively in the process, and can help you stand out among other applicants by showing your dedication and leaving a lasting, positive first impression.

  2. Understand Your Audience

    Re-write, Re-Read, and Revise Your Application as Necessary. After you’ve written the first draft of your application (including your resumé, cover letter, etc.), print it out and proofread it. Send it to a friend, family member, or mentor to review. Compare it to the job listing and take out any details that don’t match the position, and add in details that might be important. Use clear, concise language. And lastly, write in a voice that is unique to you that will draw in your reader from start to finish.

  3. Keep Your Online Channels Updated

    Where do you share personal or job-related information online? Make sure all those platforms are up-to-date and ready to be seen by inquiring professionals. Update your LinkedIn, and touch up your CV and portfolio on Adobe Spark Page. If you use social media, make sure your public information reflects how you want your employer to perceive you, otherwise double-checkyour privacy settings for the time being. Set yourself up to make the best impression possible!

Land Your Dream Job with a Little Help from Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark knows you are truly the best candidate, and we’re ready to put you in the spotlight to impress your future employer! A thorough, compelling application can be the key to landing your dream job, so get started setting yourself up for success using Spark’s array of design tools. Worry less about getting started on your application, and focus more on having fun while nailing down the finer details and showing off what makes you the optimal choice. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so be proud of your accomplishments and look forward to all the opportunities that await!

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