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How to apply for a job online

In a fast moving, technologically advanced society, the majority of employers are moving towards online job advertisements as well as online application processes. From an employer stand point, this method is more efficient and acts like a screening process to potential applicants. However from an application’s point of view, it might seem unjust and unreasonable. However the situation may be, the reality is that majority of employers will require you to send your resume and cover letter via e-mail or online application. Here are some tips for you to consider when trying to apply for a job online.

Searching for a job

In order to successfully apply for a job online, you must find one online. There are many online resources available to help you in your job search. If you visit our Web Sites page, we have provided a list of general and local job search websites. From this point it is simply a matter of browsing the recent job postings for something that interests you. There are a few items that you must make note of.

Firstly, pay attention to the closing date; if the closing date has already passed, do not attempt to apply for the position as they will not, usually, accept late resumes. If the closing date is soon, be sure to have your resume updated and ready for the application process.

Secondly pay attention to the manner in which they wish for you to apply. Generally, all employers will request their applicants to submit their resume via e-mail. Most employers also still accept in person applications as well; be sure to read the advertisement carefully.

E-mail v.s. Online Application

So you’ve chosen a job you would like to apply for, you have a few days before the closing date, and you have your resume updated and ready to go. If you are applying to a major corporation or government, they rely on a combination of online application and assessments. What this means is that you must visit a website, create a user login or profile, complete an online form, then complete an online assessment. From there the employer will review your file and the job you applied for and contact you via your preferred method of contact. These online assessments and questionnaires act as sort of a pre-interview; pay attention to the questions and your answers.

If you are applying to a job posting from a local employer, there are good chances that the ad will require you to send your resume via e-mail. The employer will provide you with an e-mail address to send your resume to. The process is as follows:

  1. Log into your personal/professional e-mail account; this may vary from person to person.
  2. Create a new e-mail and address it to the e-mail provided by the employer.
  3. Attach your resume and cover letter to the e-mail; this may vary from person to person but the process is the same for all; click Attach/Attach files, Click browse, Find the resume and cover letter on your computer, click open/attach, now the files are succesfully attached. Ensure that they are the proper files before attaching them as well as ensuring that the file names are correct and professional.
  4. In the subject line of the e-mail, ensure that you either follow the employer’s requests or that you type something along the lines of Your Name_Job Postion_Resume, or Your Name_Job Posting #. Usually the employer specifies what they want in the subject line; be sure to read this carefully.
  5. In the body of the e-mail be sure to introduce yourself; Hello my name is _____ and I am applying for the position of ____. I have attached my resume and cover letter to this e-mail. I can be reached by phone at (__)______. Thank you. It is important to write something in the body of the e-mail to indicate to the employer that you are serious about the job you are applying for.
  6. When you have reviewed everything, simply hit Send, and you have successfully applied for a job online.

When will I know?

It is very difficult to say when you will hear back from the employer when you apply online. Large buisnesses most likely recieved hundreds of applications, therefore it might take longer for them to get back to you. However it is very important to follow up on your application. It is usually recommended to follow up either by phone or in person, but if neither are possible, by e-mail. Given a certain wait period simply, ask the human resources department, or the person who you directed the original e-mail to and ask them if they have seen your resume, made a decision on who they will interview, or let them know that you are still available for an interview.

Be sure to follow up in any way you can; just because you are applying online doesn’t justify waiting around for them to call. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do everything possible beyond just sending in your resume online.

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