How to Apply for Jobs Online

 

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how to apply for jobs online in the era of the internet and ever-evolving technologies it is now seen as the norm for employer organisations to invite online applications to their job vacancies the process of applying online has therefore become a job search skill in itself given that it differs from the process of making a traditional job application here are some tips for perfecting the skill that every job seeker in the 21st century needs 1 have a plan before going online and searching for jobs or filling in application forms make sure that you have a plan as to how you re going to spend your time online it s easy once in front of a computer to meander and to lose focus spending hours and hours looking at jobs you re not even interested in in order to prevent this make sure you outline your targets and actions before going on to the internet what sites do you want to visit and how long are you going to spend on each of them 2 know what you re looking for the clearer you are on what you want the more specific you can be when searching online for vacancies to apply to you ll be smarter when it comes to looking at an employer s website or a job board to see which advertised positions are right for you follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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3 set some criteria as well as taking into account what you really want be realistic about the type of role that would work for you establish some clear criteria and constraints such as the number of hours you want to work how many miles you want to commute and how important bonuses pensions and benefits are to you there is no point applying for a role that will ultimately clash with all the things you deem important 4 do your research the more that you understand about the vacancy and the hiring organisation the better armed with this information you are in a good position to fill in the online application appropriately and what better place to do your research than on the world wide web itself use bing and yahoo uk to search for information and news on the type of role you want and the company you have your eye on 5 keep track keep a list of jobs that you are applying for and if possible also keep a copy of the application form you filled in this way if any of the applications are successful you can refer back to what you wrote and be well prepared for your interview 6 re-use and re-cycle prepare some useful phrases bullet points and paragraphs on what you want to say in your online applications this is useful because you can copy and paste them into an application form at a later date 7 think `online-friendly prepare a cv that lends itself to web reading instead of asking you to fill in an online application some employers and recruiters might ask you to email them your cv instead it s important therefore to have a cv that someone can read on their computer without feeling it s much longer and drier than the kind of content they usually read online the cv should be two pages or less with lots of white space bullet points and short snappy paragraphs 8 keep it simple less is more when it comes to the number of applications you fill in usually we think that the more jobs we apply for the better chance we have of having success yet it is sometimes the other way around focusing on doing a few applications really well and making sure that you are genuinely a good fit for them is likely to put you in a much stronger position than applying for anything and everything half-heartedly follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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9 get references agree with one or two people you know that they will be your referee make sure that you use referees who will be useful to you ­ maybe they know the sector and/or the function that you are applying to the more relevant they are the more credence can be given to them by the employing person/organisation never use a referee s name and contact details without first checking with them it s all very well saying you ll contact your chosen referee after you ve sent the application but submitting an online application means its recipient can access your referees details instantly and may contact them before you get a chance to speak to them yourself 10 get a `beta reader in the age of the internet `beta readers are all the rage and for good reason emailing your cv or personal statement to someone you trust so they can cast an objective eye over it proofread it and if necessary make suggestions for improving it is something you should seriously consider doing before submitting your application to the employer or recruiter this checklist has been created by position ignition ltd one of the uk s leading career consulting companies please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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