Archive for October, 2013

Tips to preparing applications on-line

October 14, 2013

 

1. Have all your information written out before filling in the online application. The following is information you should have prepared beforehand:

  • Your full name, address, phone number(s), and email address.
  • Company names, full addresses, and phone numbers of the places you worked.
  • Your job titles (from when you were hired to when you left).
  • Dates of each position/role you held at each company. (Date, month and year).  Some company’s ask the date, month, and year, some just ask the month and year.
  • Each of your supervisor’s name, title, and phone number.
  • Salary you made at each role (from when you started to when you ended the position).
  • Description of your job duties.
  • Reason you left the company.
  • Education and training, including all professional certifications and licenses.
  • Honors and awards.
  • Other skill sets, such as software and office equipment.
  • 3 references: Name, company, full address, phone number, email, and years you have known them.
  • Driver’s License Number. (This will be asked on some applications).
  • Salary requested. (If there is not an asterisk before this, then you can put down ” open”. If there is an asterisk, then this is a required field.

If you write all this down separately before starting the application, it makes it easier for you.

 

2.  A resume is not a substitute for the application, so don’t write “see resume” anywhere on your application. Similarly, an application is not a substitute for a resume. (You should have both ready).

3. If there is an asterisk (*) before anything on the application, it means this is a required field and must be filled out.

4. Fill out the application completely and thoroughly. If a section does not apply to you, write N/A (which means “not applicable”).

5. After you fill out your application in its’ entirety, check and correct spelling errors.

6. Once you fill out your application, and check spelling, then save the application .Then upload your resume in a doc (Microsoft Word) format.  Also, cut/paste your cover letter, or upload your cover letter, if asked. The last step is to select “submit” or “apply” to the position. The company should send you an email verifying that you have applied to the position.

7. Once you save a copy of your application/resume on a company’s website, you can easily apply to other positions in the company without redoing the application/resume, for at least 1 year, and can also update your application/resume with new information.

8. Keep your username and password standard throughout your online job search, so that you can easily remember it.

9. Print out a copy of your first application, so that you can have a record of what you wrote.

 

 

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