DO check out the company’s website before you apply.
First, do your homework! Recruiters want to see that you have an extra special interest in their company. They’re more likely to pursue a candidate who has a history with the company or industry and a story about why they’re applying now. Take the time to learn its mission and values. Then, incorporate those into your job history and cover letter. This will help you stand out among other applicants who applied with less effort.
Second, checking out the company’s website helps you see if the firm is one where you’d want to work. Isn’t it better to know before you fill out an application that the business doesn’t match your values or is further than you’d like to commute? Save yourself and the recruiter time and only fill out applications for places where you would be happy working.
Tailor your application for each job.
You must tailor your cover letter and résumé to the specific employer and ensure you include keywords in your application. Many online recruiters use IT programs to scan and automatically discard applications that don’t include specific words. If they are asking for great customer service – list this as one of your attributes.
Add your up-to-date LinkedIn profile.
More and more companies now request you include a link to your LinkedIn profile in their job applications. Having an active LinkedIn profile helps show a recruiter that you’re serious about your job search and career. Many recruiters will search for it anyway, so making their job easier goes a long way toward making yourself a worthy candidate.
You can include more information about your background and skills on LinkedIn than through a normal job application, so take advantage of this opportunity.
Before you link to it, though, make sure your LinkedIn profile is job-search ready. Add a great picture, show some of your recent projects and make sure you’re active in relevant LinkedIn networks. For more insights on getting your LinkedIn profile
If need some help getting your LinkedIn profile to stand out from the crowd, please read How to improve your LinkedIn Profile
Write a cover letter.
Although a cover letter is sometimes optional for an online job application, you should always submit one. A cover letter is a great way to talk more about yourself and your experience and to incorporate the company’s values and mission statement into your application. The IT programmes mentioned before will also track keywords from your cover letter too
Fill out every field in the application.
This is an easy way to provide as much information as you can while demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm for the job. Attention to detail is important to make sure your application is complete and error-free.
Triple-check your content for spelling, content, and grammar mistakes.
Review your application before you submit it. Once you click ‘submit’ your information is sent directly to the recruiter. Remember that first impressions count, so make the best one you can when you apply. We recommend Grammarly to help with this
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