When you are job hunting, the Internet can be a great tool. You can find job postings and descriptions, submit your resume and apply for jobs, all online. Applying for a job online is usually simpler and faster than in person or via mail. Here are some online job application tips.
In an increasingly online environment, applying for jobs generally entails sending your CV and cover letter electronically. Some businesses feature online application forms right on their websites. Choose the position you want to apply for, enter your work experience, talents, and education into online areas, and then submit your information with a simple button.
Online application forms differ and require various information. Some firms, for example, require you to “copy and paste” your resume and cover letter into two fields. Others need candidates to fill out various fields such as “job experience,” “education,” and so on. Others demand you submit your CV and cover letter and fill in fields that require the same employment-related information.
Whatever type of online application form a corporation has, be sure that all your information is entered into one of the fields. Don’t be hesitant to repeat material, especially if the form wants a resume and a separate analysis of your job experience. Your information will be automatically submitted to an internet database, where hiring managers will likely search for keywords. The more times your keywords appear, the better.
While some preeminent firms have online application forms, many others simply urge candidates to email their application materials to the relevant person or a general employment address such as firstname.lastname@example.org.” Caution is advised in this case. Send your resume and cover letter the way the hiring manager asks for them to be sent. Some businesses prefer separate cover letter and resume forms (usually in a Text Only format or as Microsoft Word documents).
Others prefer that the cover letter be included in the body of an email, but the resume is attached separately. Others prefer that the resume and cover letter be put into the body of an email. For the latter, make sure your documents are easy to read. When resumes are transferred into the body of an email, they often look jumbled.
“If you email a resume, it has to appear as beautiful as a written resume,” says recruiter Martin Vika. “Send a resume as an attachment and in the email body.” Another option is to send your résumé and cover letter electronically, then follow up with paper copies.
Some job seekers choose to buy domain names and build their own Websites to post their resumes (and other application materials) online. Anyone can see your resume in its correct format by visiting your website if you prepare it in HTML and make it a static Web page.
Another advantage of posting your resume on the Internet is that you may draw the attention of recruiters and employers you had not previously considered. Instead of emailing your resume whenever you want someone to see it, you can just provide the interested people the correct web link, and they may find it themselves. To make downloading your resume easier, post PDF and Word files online.
Unfortunately, there are certain disadvantages to posting your CV on a website. One drawback is that your information becomes available to uninvited visitors. As a result, you should never reveal your home address, social security number, or any other sensitive information. Another disadvantage is that not all hiring managers will go out of their way to view your website. Even if your resume is a click away, many hiring managers prefer you to mail or email it.
It would be unwise to go against an employer’s express instructions regarding how you send your application papers. Don’t, for example, send an attachment when copy-and-paste is asked. Some businesses avoid attachments because they are afraid of catching a virus, don’t have the appropriate software, or just don’t want to be bothered with the extra step of opening a document.
Don’t fill in the “to” area until you gather your application documents and put them into an email. If you were asked to copy and paste your resume and cover letter, inspect the final result for formatting issues before using a spell checker the last time. It’s too simple to send a half-completed email to a company, diminishing your chances of making an excellent first impression and, most likely, gaining an interview.
If you are sending documents, ensure that you are attaching the correct versions (i.e., the company-tailored and updated versions) to the employer. Also, ensure that they are correctly labeled. One job seeker regrets saving different versions of his resume under headings such as “Resume for Strategic Sourcing Jobs.” The jobseeker says, “I applied for three jobs but didn’t want employers to know. By naming my resumes, I highlighted that I lacked a career direction (example: Publicis resume from Martin Vika).”
Make a note in your email of what you’ve attached and the program you’ve used. For instance, in the body of your email, you may write, “Please check my attached resume in Microsoft Word.”
Before a recruiting manager opens your email, she should know who you are and what position you are applying for. In the “Subject” line, put your name, the position title (and job number, if applicable), and the contents of your application (example, “Martin Vika resume and cover letter for Executive Assistant Position”).
If someone else told you about the job, make sure to “cc” or “bcc” (blind carbon copy) your reference when you apply. Add that person’s email address to the “cc” or “bcc” section, and that person will receive an exact copy of your email to the hiring manager. To keep your referral informed, “cc” or “bcc” him. After all, if someone has offered to assist you, he should know where you are in the application process.
Finally, keep a copy of your outgoing email in “Sent Mail” if it doesn’t go through.
Applying for a job online is a simple process that can be completed in just a few steps. First, create a free account on a job search site. Next, enter your personal information and upload your resume. Finally, search for jobs that match your qualifications and apply for them. By following these steps, you can easily apply for a job online.