We’re currently recruiting for a number of Social Media Manager roles at Melbourne Social Co. Each role we advertise tends to get hundreds of applications. Which, to be honest, is kind of amazing. To think that hundreds of people want to work at this wonderful business that we’ve created is a bit of a thrill really.

But, on the flipside, unfortunately it’s impossible for us to reach out to and interview every candidate that applies, as much as we’d love to.

So what makes a Social Media Manager application stand out from the rest? Here are a few things that I look for when reviewing applications.

1. A well designed resume.

If you want to be a Social Media Manager at a creative agency, you’ll need to have an eye for aesthetics, formatting and be confident with design platforms like Canva. It’s not difficult to put together a great looking resume in 2023, and unfortunately a word doc no longer cuts it – sorry!

2. No typos!

Attention to detail is so important. If there are typos or grammatical errors in your cover letter and resume, I’ll pick up on them straight away. When you’re working in a creative agency, every piece of content you put together for a client needs to be of an incredibly high standard. So guys, pop your cover letter and resume through Grammarly before you hit send!

3. Don’t copy and paste your cover letters.

It can be pretty obvious when a cover letter is just copy and pasted across multiple job applications. Sure, I understand that you might be applying for lots of jobs, and you don’t have time to write a cover letter from scratch for each application. And that’s fine! But, I want to know that you’ve taken the time to check out our business, know a little about who we are, and can tell us why you’re the right fit for the role. A quick, customised first paragraph can make the world of difference.

4. Spell check key names!

If you’re reaching out to a key person, or addressing your application to the agency, make sure you spell our names right. Honestly, I don’t mind being called Shelly (it happens 20+ times a day) but these little mistakes really speak to attention to detail. 

5. Share examples of work

Aside from the above, what we really need to see from an application is that you can do the ‘doing’. Please share examples of your work with us, or tell us about some of the things that you’re working on. We want to know that you’re across the latest trends for social media, are excited about our industry, and have a passion for creating/collaborating on great work that you will bring to our agency.

Have I missed anything? What do you think makes a Social Media Manager job application stand out from the rest?

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