If you’re looking for a job, chances are that you’re hitting the Internet instead of searching through newspapers or industry publications. With the majority of jobs being advertised online, making sure you’re applying correctly is more important than ever. Here are some of the best ways to get hired online:
Make sure you’re subscribed to as many job sites as you can, entering in as many details as possible. If there are a couple of sectors you’re interested in, make sure you tick them all, instead of just looking at one. Widen your range from the main recruitment websites to industry specific bulletins and sites – these more precise sites may come up with jobs that aren’t being advertised as widely.
If there are companies you’re interested in working for, sign up to their newsletters or bookmark their careers page. It’s worth checking regularly and e-mailing for information on how to be alerted. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Whether you’re unsure about which job industry you want to go into, or you’re considering switching to a different sector, try taking online aptitude tests. While these aren’t set in stone and won’t tell you what career path to follow, they can be a good way to put your skills to the test and find out what your strongest qualities are.
Some job applications will involve taking online tests, so find practices and make sure you won’t be taking one without doing the necessary research and preparation. There’s no excuse to do badly at them when they are so easy to find and practice!
Social Media Sites
Social media sites will be your best friend while looking for jobs online! Platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter are great places to source vacancies, as well as being able to network, and speak to people in the industry you’d like to enter.
Remember to keep your LinkedIn profile updated, and see if you can find people to endorse you and write recommendations. The more referrals you get, the closer you’ll be to landing your dream job! Make sure all of your social media profiles are professional – Twitter can be a great tool, but it can also be your biggest downfall if you’re portraying the wrong image! Think of it as an extension of your CV: an insight into your life for a potential employer.
Having an online portfolio can work wonders for you. Anything from a personal blog, to a website focused around your skills, to an online gallery will be an easy way for employers to check how good you really are – not just what is (or isn’t!) on your CV. Being able to show a potential employer that you have a vested interest in their industry, you can write about a variety of topics, or you can display the work you’ve already done, will add proof to everything you’ve said in your application.
Keywords And Job Descriptions
Many online job applications use trackers to pick up on keywords. Instead of your application being read by a real person, it might be scanned by a computer to find important words. In order to trump these trackers, do your research, read the job description thoroughly, and ensure that you’re using enough, in the right context. Be careful that you don’t just stuff your application with useless and irrelevant words though – you need to make sense at the same time!
Make It Easy
Don’t be the applicant that sends an employer a 20-page document attached to an e-mail! While you might think you’re showing off all of your skills, you’re more likely to put an employer off. They’ve most likely got near to 100 applications to get through, on top of yours, so keep it brief. If an application has guidelines, stick to them. Similarly, keep it clear. Don’t use ten words when five will do!
Add something different: you need to stand out. Applying for a job online means you don’t have the advantage of being a ‘face to a name,’ so think of ways to make yourself stand out.
For more information on this topic, check out the following articles:
Photo Credit: Shutterstock