Take action with your Job Search


The Find

When you have found a result that displays a job posting of interest, it is time to take action. Online applications typically ask for your contact information, educational background and employment history. Follow the instructions of each specific job posting or opportunity. You may need to know when you worked and what you were paid at your previous jobs and other information typically found in your resume. You may also be asked what days and hours you are available to work. Refer to your toolkit elements when needed.

Some sites let you upload an existing resume with the click of a button. On other sites, you can cut and paste or use a resume building wizard to help get the task done. There are also resume posting services that will post your resume to the top sites for you.

When emailing your resume to hiring managers, be sure to include your cover letter or comparable text in the body of the message. When applying through online job boards also submit a cover letter whenever possible. Use the letter to show a hiring manager that you have researched the job opportunity and possess the necessary qualifications for the role. You can even include a link to your professional profile or digital portfolio. If you are interested in working for a particular company, you can visit their website where you should be able to apply directly. Career information is usually listed in the “About Us” section of the site. Follow the specific instructions for following up with the employer if they are given.


Things To Remember When Applying


Follow these tips when it comes to applying for a job online:

  1. Always read the application thoroughly first
  2. Be forthcoming and always tell the truth. If you don’t, you could be fired for not giving accurate information or for misrepresentation at any time in the future
  3. Be thorough and address all questions. Put “NA”–meaning “not applicable” if a question does not apply
  4. Be specific regarding “Position Desired” if its open; putting “anything” for “Position Desired” means that you will get nothing
  5. Regarding “Salary Required”, research the current range of pay for this job in the local area.  State this range  or “will discuss”
  6. If convicted of a serious crime and asked about this,  put “will discuss” only if you have been convicted of a serious crime
  7. Regarding References, get permission before listing someone as a personal reference.  Let them know that they may be called. The person should be an adult and preferably employed
  8. Track your applications and progress in a spreadsheet or comparable management tool


Always Follow Up

The main reason to contact the employer after submission is to ensure that your resume or application was received. They should provide some kind of confirmation to you, either automated or personalized. Email is a preferred method for this given the volume of applicants that typically applies to most jobs. Phone is acceptable as well. If you do not hear back within 72 hours, it is recommended that you follow up.



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March 1, 2014 by

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