This post was inspired by the many poor applications I have reviewed over the years. I especially dislike applications from job seekers who are not truly interested in the position, but apply nonetheless.
If the job posting asks for specific information to be included in your job application and you send me a one liner email with your resume attached, don’t expect me to even bother looking at your resume.
If you are applying for a position as a freelance writer and your cover letter has typos in it, how do you expect me to believe you have “good writing skills”? This last example may sound obvious, but I keep receiving these applications!
All I’m trying to say is that if you are not willing to spend the time to prepare a decent job application, then don’t even bother. Really! You have to want to get the job to actually get it.