The Online Application Process
Applying for a job can be intimidating, especially if it is for a position you really want. In most cases, the easiest way is to email off your resume, but by far the best way to start the process is by creating an online profile. This will not only improve your personal brand but will also help you stay on top of multiple applications. Websites with an online profile tool are much more useful than regular job website where all you do is upload your resume and wait.
And wait you will! Companies can spot lazy applicants a mile away, so instead of just sending your resume off 100 times to various companies, take time to invest in yourself and your online image and you will reap the benefits. Many websites have tools that allow you to build your resume up step-by-step, take online career assessment tests and help you figure out which employer you want to work for. They also make it easier to track and apply for new listings.
So, once you have decided that your resume is good enough, the next step is a cover letter. This should include information such as your contact details and a brief overview of who you are as a professional; but the most important thing to touch on in a cover letter is why you want to work for that company, and what value will you bring to them. This is your chance to say “pick me!” and for them to see you as a real asset for their firm.
After you have the necessary documents, you can send them off. But some online applications ask additional questions such as why you want to work for them (sound familiar?) and some more in-depth details regarding your education and previous employment. These questions are very important because companies who use their own system like this are mostly interested in those answers – not the resume or cover letter. So make sure you think carefully about what you write before you hit “submit”.
Would you like a small piece of advice? Copy the questions into a Word document and type up the answers there. This way, you can also spell-check everything before you cut and paste it into the online system. Spelling is equally if not more important! It distinguishes between a careless candidate and an eager one.
Online testing is also become more widespread as a way to employers to distinguish between candidates. If this is the case, you will usually be given up to five days to complete the test. These should be completed in one sitting, and without any help. It is highly recommended that you practice these tests as they can be tricky. There are plenty websites offering free practice tests so you can be better prepared.
And that’s it! Just hit “submit”, and we wish you all the luck in the world!