What to Do When Applying for a Job Online


Online job hunting can be difficult if you don’t know how to properly follow up.

Thanks to job board sites popping up, it seems easier than ever to apply for a job online. It’s certainly more accessible for people but it can give the false impression that getting a job is easier, too. Applying to jobs online comes with just as many nuances as applying to a job in person does. While applying to as many jobs as possible online might seem like a good approach, it’s only as effective as your follow-up methods are. If you’re on the job hunt, let’s take a look at how you can make applying for jobs online easier for yourself.

Look at the Company’s Website

Be sure to take an interest in the company and see what they’re really about. If you’re able to talk to a recruiter and sound as though you really understand who the company is, that definitely gives you a leg up. Additionally, you can incorporate some of those ideas into your job history and cover letter. This might make you stand out a little bit more and shows that you’ve done your homework.

Utilizing Keywords

These days, some companies get so many job applications that the system has become automated to a degree. Some applicant reviewers won’t even take a look at your application if it doesn’t hit on a few keywords they require. That’s why you should take the time to poke around the job description and see what words and skills are really stressed and make sure your resume adequately reflects that.

Writing a Cover Letter

Sometimes cover letters are listed as optional, but if there’s an option to submit one, you should always do so. This is a great way to talk about yourself at length and really explain what your values are. This also offers a strategic advantage in that some databases will search cover letters as well, meaning you get more exposure and increase your chances of a recruiter looking at your application.

What to Avoid

There are a few things you want to avoid doing when applying for jobs online as well.

  • Writing in shorthand. Online habits sometimes stick no matter what we’re doing, but take the time to pay attention to detail and double check everything you end up writing. Make sure you look professional.
  • Using auto-fill. This might make life easier, but if you end up making a mistake, it can reflect poorly on yourself. Sometimes auto-fill options end up formatting job history or other information in strange ways, leading to confused recruiters.
  • Leaving sections incomplete. If you don’t fill out the entirety of a job application, it shows that you may not be truly passionate about finding a new job and can leave them wondering about your work ethic.

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