How to set yourself up for success in APM’s job application process

By Danielle Plumb

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My role at APM is to recruit our Local Area Coordinators. We look for people who are comfortable talking to people and have the skills and ability to manage what are sometimes difficult situations and can build rapport. Generally, people with a customer service background are a good fit for these roles because they tend to be good at building rapport with customers, clients and stakeholders.

Candidates that have lived experience, are a great fit too, as they have a deeper understanding of what the client may be experiencing and can effectively engage and build rapport with the client.

It’s key to remember that in this role, you’re going to be dealing with people with a disability. Being able to engage empathetically and effectively to help them access the services and assistance they need is your core responsibility, so you must make sure this is something you can do well.

Your application will catch our attention if it shows that as well as having the skills we need, you also really care about helping people. That’s our focus at APM.

Tips for nailing your APM job application

1. Don’t overlook your cover letter

In candidates, we want to see passion. We want to know what your aspirations are, what this role would mean to you and what you’d bring to our company. A good cover letter is key to doing that. A CV tells us about your experience, but a cover letter is our introduction to you and what you can add to our team. It tells us what motivates you and gives you an opportunity to sell yourself outside of what you have put in your CV.

It also tells us how well you can follow instructions and that you pay attention to detail (for example, that you’ve read the job ad properly!). We ask for a cover letter, so if you don’t send one, it tells us something straight away.

2. Triple check your spelling and grammar 

At APM, we deal with creating plans that go to the NDIA, there’s no room for error. To that end, we need to see that your grammar and spelling are solid. Mistakes on your application happen, simply use the Spelling and Grammar check before your final save.

3. Showcase your skills and experience

When talking about your career history, focus on your responsibilities and daily tasks – not why you are wanting to leave or why you are no longer with that company. We are looking for the skills and experience you can bring to this role, but also we are looking for areas, in which we can build on your existing skills, and help you to develop towards your career path.

Are you a good fit for APM?

APM’s culture is very inclusive, so we encourage people to join us from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and lifestyles. We work with clients from all walks of life and we look for the same in our employees, lived experience is a bonus.

If you have a person-centered approach to your work, share our vision of inclusiveness and have a passion for helping others – whether that’s helping people find a job or helping in the community space – you’ll be a great fit.

Above all, we’re committed to finding candidates who share our mission of enabling better lives, so if that sounds like you, head to our careers page to explore the latest job opportunities at APM!

Published on Nov 15, 2021

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