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How can I make my application stand out?
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Written by Sophie
Updated over a week ago

At Hatch, we believe that you're more than just your resume! Our application process looks beyond your experience and helps you demonstrate your human fit to the role. This article will help you understand how best to shine in your application.

Found a job you like?

Let's get started! Hitting the big shiny "Apply with Hatch" button will kickstart the application process. Don't forget to make sure your profile is 100% complete beforehand - you can learn how to optimize your profile in our article here!

There are several stages to our Hatch application process:

  1. Submit your resume

  2. Confirm your availability

  3. Enter your contact details

  4. Introduce yourself to the hiring manager with a video!

  5. Highlight your skills by completing a written skill snapshot!

  6. Share what you're looking for in a team

After step 3, your application will be visible to the hiring manager. However, you can enhance your application and make it stand out further by completing steps 4 and 5! These optional steps provide opportunity for you to express your skills, motivations and values in more ways than just your resume/CV.

Submit your resume

The first step of your application is to submit your resume! Resumes must be uploaded in PDF form.

Confirm availability

This section helps the employer 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.


Add your experience

If you haven't updated your experience in your profile yet, you'll get an opportunity to update it before you submit your application. This not only includes work experience, but also life experience such as volunteering, societies or extracurricular activities! When the employer views your profile, they'll see this updated information along with your resume, introduction video and skill snapshot (see below).

We've also introduced a useful feature called "Autofill with resume" which will quickly scan your resume and add your experience. You'll still have the option to edit your information after, so don't worry and give it a try!
For more tips on how to optimize your profile before applying to a role, please see our helpful article here!

Confirm your contact details

This is where you enter your contact details so that the hiring manager can get in touch with the result or following steps of your application! You also have the option of adding links to your personal website, LinkedIn, GitHub, or Design Portfolio here.

Introduce yourself to the team with a video!

Introducing yourself to the team gives you the opportunity to make your application stand out and really connect with the employer!

Hatch tips

  • We've compiled a collection of tips for recording your introduction video in this article here!

Highlight your skills in a skill snapshot!

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

Hatch tips:

  • Read all the information on the page, and make sure you understand the task at hand.

  • Do your research on the company and role you're applying for to help with completing the tasks.

  • Make use of formatting (e.g. bullet points, paragraphs).

  • Use the STAR method of answering: explain the:

    • Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example.

    • Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.

    • Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.

    • Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

  • Proof-read your writing before you hit save.

The image below is an example of how your microtask may look. It should only take around 15 minutes of your time:

Team fit and values

In this section, you'll allocate points to help best describe how you like to work within a team. This helps us to match you to roles with a better understanding of your working styles and your team values which is also helpful for hiring managers to understand your fit for the role. You get 10 points total to split across your working style, and then another 10 to split across your team values!

That's it! Hit submit and your application will go straight to the hiring manager, and they'll get back to you with the result or following steps. If you have any other questions, check out our FAQ doc here, or email us at

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