How to apply online… like a boss

The online application form is becoming more common place, especially when you are applying for a position at a large company.  We have put together three tips to help you get the best out of the online application process.

Do I need a covering letter? It’s optional.

Yes! A lot of online application forms give you the choice of using a covering letter, it’s a tempting step to skip especially if you are a very active job seeker and you are making a lot of applications.

The covering letter is likely to end up in front of a person who ultimately will decide if you make it to the next stage. Write a few paragraphs on your experiences and skills, plus show how they make you a good fit for the role. Demonstrate your enthusiasm and explain why you want the job.

Make sure each covering letter is tailored to the position you are applying for.

CV & online applications need to match

Some of the online applications will require you to add the bulk of you employment history in the form. Use your CV as a guide and make sure all the dates, skills and experiences match your covering letter and CV.

If your application passes through the initial series of reviews, chances are that good recruiters will pick up on any discrepancy in the materials you’ve provided. Review to ensure your employment dates, job titles, skills, and tasks are consistent from document to document.

Complete everything

The most obvious tip… completing online forms can be frustrating and may not be the UX highlight of your day. However, it is vital to take your time and complete every section. Your online application is also a basic test of attention to detail.

There will be reason for all the many sections. The form is designed so the recruiter can view all applications in the same format. It’s also easier to search for the criteria they are looking for and compare candidates.

If you don’t complete all of the form, it could harm your chances of getting through to the next stage, which is likely to be the first round of interviews.

The online process is here to stay! Good luck with your next one.

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