You're so much more than your resume, and we want to help you show that off! Our application experience looks beyond your experience and help you demonstrate your whole of human fit to the role. This article will help you understand how best to shine in your application. If you have more general questions about Hatch, check out this FAQ doc here.

When you click on the role application, you'll 3 sections for:

  1. Check the basics

  2. Demonstrate your capabilities

  3. Tell us about you

First up, Check the basics

This section wants to understand if the role is a good fit for you in terms of availability, location, visa requirements, and start date.

Hatch tips:

  • Be honest - better that the employer knows you can only work part-time now, rather than in the interview process.

  • Think about whether the role works for you before you finish the application.

Demonstrate your capabilities & strengths

This section includes up to 3 responsibilities and up to 3 strengths. The 3 responsibilities are the key tasks in the role. This is your chance to show off why you'd be a good fit for the role!

Hatch tips:

  • Your answers don’t need to be super lengthy but long enough to cover off all the important points (max. 40 words).

  • You can select whether your experience is Life Experience, Work Experience, or Academic experience. Describing your involvement in college societies, academic or personal interest projects can be just as powerful as experience in a professional context.

  • Use full sentences and proofread everything

  • Where possible include descriptions of the objective or measurable outcomes resulting from your actions

  • Think about a time where you applied this skill strongly

Micro work task

This section helps you show off your transferable skills (no matter where you developed them!), and give you a sense for some of the key tasks of the role.

Hatch tips:

  • Read/consume all the information on the page, make sure you understand the task at hand

  • Check your writing/video before you hit save

  • Understand the organisation and role you're applying for to help within completing the tasks

  • If the task involves a video:

    • Remember to breathe! Before you start, centre yourself and practice some box breathing (breathe in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4). This will lower your heart rate and you'll feel more confident. Promise!

    • Turn a light on behind your laptop/ computer (not behind you!) so it's not too dark

    • Raise your webcam/camera so that it's about equal to your hairline and angle the screen so that you are face on

    • Try to avoid background clutter or distraction. Also, no need to ‘dress to impress’ but be careful not to go too informal, so no robe and pj’s.

    • If you're feeling brave, watch the video back from the perspective of the hiring manager. Think about what they'd like and what you should continue doing, and what you might want to change.

    • Don't obsess (I know, easier said than done). Try for no more than 3 takes - you're allowed to be natural!

Introduce yourself!

The last step of this section is to introduce yourself to the hiring team and share why you're interested in the role!

Hatch tips

  • Remember to breathe! Before you start, centre yourself and practice some box breathing (breathe in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4). This will lower your heart rate and you'll feel more confident. Promise!

  • Turn a light on behind your laptop/ computer (not behind you!) so it's not too dark

  • Raise your webcam/camera so that it's about equal to your hairline and angle the screen so that you are face on

  • Introduce yourself to the hiring team, "e.g. Hi Google, I'm Elly"

  • Research the company so that you can share clear examples about why you want to work there

  • Try to avoid background clutter or distraction. Also, no need to ‘dress to impress’ but be careful not to go too informal, so no robe and pj’s.

  • If you're feeling brave, watch the video back from the perspective of the hiring manager. Think about what they'd like and what you should continue doing, and what you might want to change.

  • ...Don't obsess (I know, easier said than done). Try for no more than 3 takes - you're allowed to be natural!

Tell us about you

Last step! This is where you create your profile - this will be 'sticky' and you'll be able to reuse this section for each role you apply for through Hatch. We do ask for some personal info (email, phone number) so that the hiring manager can reach out to organise your interview. We hate spam - so we promise never to sell or share your info outside of the company you've applied to. You can learn more about our privacy policy.

That's it! Your application will go straight to the hiring manager, and they'll get back to you on next steps within 2 weeks (but usually earlier). If you have any other questions, check out our About Hatch FAQ doc here, or email us at ask@hatch.team

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