Part of my work here at Amor is to aid in the hiring process of our new team members. It is a privilege to be a part of the process of bringing people in to join the work of Amor, and I enjoy receiving applications from people who have a genuine desire to use their education, skills, and experiences to serve others. While what we look for in an employee goes beyond what we can read on paper, there are several important things that I look for when someone submits an application to work for Amor.
Proper spelling/grammar and professionalism
Your resume (and I am going to include all inquiry e-mails in this as well) is the first impression you give the company and communicates to them about your level of professionalism. Spell check is your friend. Also use a human friend to double check anything spell check doesn’t catch (for example when you spell a word correctly but use the wrong word).
While it isn’t important to use full sentences in listing your skills and experience, I do find that the resumes that have the best flow and are the easiest to read, have a consistent structure. In listing your previous position functions, if you choose to use sentence fragments, do so throughout the entire section. Make sure the tense matches throughout.
The professionalism you present in your resume tells me a lot about the professionalism I can expect from you as an employee.
A cover letter
As a missions organization, all of our employees are missionaries. It is not a standard 9 to 5 job, and to be successful it requires an understanding of the ministry, and the heart for what we do. A cover letter is your first chance to tell us why you want to work for the organization, and what you bring to the table. You can still be professional while sharing your heart!
Your experience matches the described position
The first step to this is to read and process the job description. What skills and knowledge does it require? Even if your previous work/volunteer experience isn’t a dead on match, there are often skills that are very transferable. Maybe you are applying for our Field Specialist position, and while you have never managed a work site in Mexico, maybe you have been a shift manager at a restaurant and had to oversee servers, create schedules, manage logistics, look out for the safety of the employees, provide excellent customer service, and respond to the situations when clients are unhappy to turn things around.
What is it in your previous positions that you draw from that will help you be a good Field Specialist?
When I see that someone has done the work of finding connections between what they have done, and what they are looking to do, it tells me that they did their research about the open position ahead of time. It shows that they understand there is value in personal experiences beyond the immediate moment and that are looking to connect their experiences to continue a pattern of growth in their lives.
This concept also applies with previous education, volunteer work, involvement with community organizations, and anything along those lines.