When swimming in the job hunting pool, we diligently read about the Dos and Don’ts to be considered as a plausible candidate by an employer. But have you ever thought, “I wish I knew that when I applied for the job!’’? If you have, well, let me tell you, you’re certainly not the only one. After all, when we invest a lot of energy and effort in a job application, wouldn’t it be fair to be provided with a smooth sailing process? Here’s what it should entail.

1. Uncomplicated applications

Looking for a new job is stressful enough. So having the added frustration of a time-consuming or complicated application process only aggravates the situation. If you’re already employed elsewhere, it means trying to balance your current job whilst trying to fit in interviews and applications for a new one. You probably won’t have the time to waste on lengthy online forms.

2. Simple and realistic job titles

Let’s face it, creative or quirky job titles are annoying. No one’s searching for a “Sales Superstar,” “Technology Innovator,” or any other out-of-the box title. The same rule of thumb applies to job titles that cram the roles of three different employees into one. Job-seekers: if it’s a sentence-long job title, take my advice and steer clear. Employers: people aren’t stupid, so don’t treat them as such. If a candidate is expected to be okay to fulfil a role of three separate individuals, then the company in question best be ready to pay them triple the salary.

3. Detailed descriptions

Every job seeker naturally wants to apply for positions they feel they have all the necessary details on. You certainly don’t want to waste time on job postings that leave you with questions. That said, look for job ads with a fair amount of detail, but not to the point of making you feel overwhelmed once you’ve read the entire ad. Look for specifics about the job, responsibilities and expectations. Avoid descriptions loaded with vague details. If you’re an employer, formulate ads to be as straightforward as possible.

4. Salary Brackets and Benefits

Some companies (which, let’s be honest, are few and very far between in Malta!) list the salary bracket and other perks within their job descriptions. Unfortunately, the majority fail to include these details, making the job candidate wonder whether the job s/he is thinking of applying for is worth their time.

Employers should keep in mind that although excluding remuneration information may be a strategic move, doing so could lead the best candidates to ignore your job posting altogether. So to all employers out there: be realistic. If you want the crème de la crème of job candidates, understand that just like they need to put their best foot forward, so do you.

5. Feedback in post-interview phase

This is yet another infuriating element that is really lacking in Malta. If a person took time off from their current job to attend an interview, made the necessary preparations, or did any tasks assigned, feedback is a must! I’d say it’s common courtesy, but it goes beyond that. To me, it really reflects on the level of professionalism the particular company practises.

Those are my thoughts on what job seekers deserve. What do you think? Have you had experiences where you were left in the dark?