In today’s economy, searching for a new job could be a discouraging and frightening task. With unemployment continuing to stay at an uncomfortably high rate, the availability of good paying jobs for most people is hard to find.
In spite of the poor job market though, it’s still possible to find and land a decent job with only a few adjustments to your application process. Many people are unaware of some of the basic tools required to successfully get a job and also miss the strategies used by many companies to gather information about a potential candidate to fill a position in their company.
The following are a few important pointers to consider when pursuing a new career and applying online for a job.
Prepare necessary credentials
Always be ready and prepared with a well organized, up to date and formal application/cover letter, CV/resume that will capture the reader’s eyes. Include only appropriate information, do spell check since most employers tend to take this very seriously and make sure that it is your best selling point and will pass the initial 5 – 15 second CV / resume screening stage.
Stay up to date
What you really need to do is, do your research before applying for a job. Read the job description for the position on the employment site. It will give you a general picture of the job, its background and its challenges. For more details and specific information about the posted job, its responsibilities and qualifications go to the featured companies’ corporate website, read more and acquaint your self with the position as well as do a background check of the company you are applying for. It pays to check out the company before you commence applying.
Once you familiarize yourself with the job announcement you want to apply for, make sure you qualify for the job and meet ALL of the educational, experience, availability, and skill requirements. The next step to take is pay attention to the ad and the instructions they list on how to apply. If you are missing one of the required documents or just sending a pile of unnecessary documents, CV’s and application letters-chances are you will be rejected or discarded immediately. Also, don’t send attachments that are hard to open. Recruiters can find a way to open it, but they simply WON’T.
If you follow these simple rules you will definitely be able to take it to the next level.