Best Practice For Applying For Jobs
The usual way when you apply in person is to fill out job application forms that companies have ready to be filled out by applicants. There is the Internet, too, though. Here the procedure is not the same - you usually have to fill out forms in a website setting, which can be a different experience. If your prospective employer accepts applications by either e-mail or fax or snail-mail, then it's time to hone your cover letter skills as well as your resume.
This article will cover both ways with some good advice here:
Offline Job Application
If you are going to apply in person, you should know what it is that you will need to bring with you. What will be the information needed to fill out the application forms? What sort of interview should you expect? And how will you follow up?
- Begin by checking ads in your local paper. Does your city have a Chamber of Commerce? Do they have a website that you may be able to check as well?
- Have a resume handy - or at least a summary of your education and possible job experiences. Make sure everything is listed correctly, such as dates of previous employment and the like.
- Make sure that you are dressed for business. Being neat and well-groomed is always a good idea, as this will convey a positive image about you. This is not the time for shorts or tennis shoes. Man or woman, dress appropriately for the business world, this means being on the conservative side. This is not the time to be overtly "sexy" either.
- Make sure your resume is a good one. Make sure it has all the relevant information in the proper format and order.
- Be ready for a quick interview as soon as you present yourself in person. Expect to answer all the relevant questions promptly and without hesitation. And be ready to tell your prospective employer why you want to work for them to begin with. And how and why you are qualified to get the job.
- Try to get a business card from the person who interviews you. This will let you follow up with a thank-you note. This is essential to make a good impression.
- It is also a good idea to say thanks for having had the opportunity for getting the interview.
- However, before you even begin, do learn who the person is who will actually do the hiring. Do your research, do your homework. It will pay off in due course.
Online Job Application
When you are looking for a job, you are doing one thing. But when it comes to actually applying for a given job, you need to proceed differently. First of all, give yourself credit for trying to find a job online. This can be a good thing since more and more companies in the corporate world are now computerized and conduct business on the Internet. The advantages here include convenience and ease of application as well.
Here are some good tips to keep in mind when applying online:
- Have both a cover letter and an updated resume ready to upload to the company's website. Make sure all the information is correctly listed.
- Have your cover letter ready to be changed if need be on the spot, prior to uploading it.
- If there is a downloadable job application form, download it prior to proceeding. Add all the necessary information and use whatever guides are provided to make sure that all will be ready when the time will come for uploading everything properly.
- If the job you are applying for is part-time, be prepared to answer questions about your timetable.
- Be aware of the importance of keywords when doing your application for jobs online. These will help you locate the right career opportunities for you.
- In some cases you may be asked to open an account when applying for a job online. Perhaps you should have an account of some major job board ready as well. And don't forget the job listings on company websites. These can tell you where and when to apply, should there be an opening you may be suited for.
- Keep records of where you have been and what you have applied for. This will let you stay in touch and keep yourself available.
There is really no magic when it comes to applying for a job. Although companies don't all follow the same rules, there are certain things in common when it comes to all job applications. You usually need to fill out an application, and you usually need to have a cover letter and a resume as well handy. See how the company wants you to apply: by e-mail or in person, for example. It's always a good idea to follow instructions to the letter.
Things are very different today; you are most likely to come across both online and offline job applications at the same time. Hence, you should be prepared to make use of the strategies of both application types, in addition to certain specific situations you come across.