The basics of applying for a job online
How’s that job search going? For many people today it is not happening the way we would like it to. Unemployment is at an all time high and many fear it will go higher. This means that competition has greatly increased. So you’ll have to be creative and smarter in standing above the rest. But how do you set yourself apart from the millions of job seekers out there?
For starters, let’s refer to an old saying that says if you want to go duck hunting, you have to go where the ducks are. That oversimplified saying has much truth to it especially regarding job hunting. So where are all the ducks, I mean jobs? Well the greatest job opportunities are posted online. Here are just a few things to think through as you prepare to re-enter the world of the employed.
How to find a job online:
You must have access to a computer and to the Internet. If you don’t have Internet access and a computer, you can get online for free at he public library. Many fear that they don’t have computer skills needed and are intimidated to the point they will simply not try. Don’t fall into this trap. You don’t have to be a member of the geek squad to search for jobs online. Most job search sites are very user friendly and simple even if you can’t type sixty words per minute. You can also get assistance from the library staff.
For those who are a regular web surfers, it’s too tempting to throw some information together as you fill out all the required fields. Don’t lose that great job because you didn’t do the best job in answering each question or because you didn’t take the time to complete the application. Also, if a website gives you the option to upload your cover letter and resume, be sure that you do so.
Have an effective, professional resume. There are many websites that offer useful information on how to write a resume. If this is too difficult for you to write your own resume, it’s worth the investment to hire a professional resume writer. You can also find software that will help you create a resume. Your resume should be specific to the position(s) that you are applying for. For example, if the position requires that you have typing skills, be sure to list your typing skills. Key words that match the job description are very crucial and need to be listed on your resume if you have the skills, experience, and education.
Have a cover letter that is crafted specifically to the company you are applying for. This is done by doing a little research about the company and the job responsibilities that they are needing filled. It should tell the employer that you know something about them and shows them how you are the perfect fit for their opening. Your cover letter is a summary of your resume and should answer the question that your potential employer has in mind, “Can you do the job?”
If you are using a public computer (such as the one at your local library), you can store your resume and cover letter in your e-mail to copy and paste on the site. You can also upload them from your e-mail account. Some people like to burn their resume on to a CD so that they can take it with them. Just make sure that you have the documents ready and with you when you head for a computer with Internet access.
Make sure your contact information is accurate and reliable. Be sure that the have a way to easily contact you with any questions and especially for an interview. This may sound silly but many opportunities are lost because of the smallest problem such as a phone number not being updated or due to a small typo.
Follow up on your application. This can be as simple as checking your e-mail frequently. All online job sites will re-establish contact and follow up. Getting people hired is their job, no pun intended. If you apply and post at job websites, they usually send e-mails with employment opportunities that match your skills and experience based on the information you listed.
If you don’t hear from them, it’s okay to place phone call and follow up. Don’t be timid here my friend, it’s your lively hood we are talking about. You took the time to create a resume, a cover letter, apply, so now follow up. Call and thank them for the opportunity to apply and ask them if they received your application. Let them know that you’re checking on the status of your application and do they need any references.
Finding a job means going where the jobs are and that is online. Employers, like most other people are turning to the Internet for so many reasons now. You must do the same. Good luck and happy online job hunting!