Applying for an online job this 2019?
A list of tips on how to be noticed
Okay, so you found out that a company is hiring and is in need of applicants to fill the role– great!
But after a few days of applying, you got no response– not so great!!
There are tons of possible reasons why companies can go dead silent after you apply, such as your CV being overlooked or recruiters failing to inform you of your status; However, it’s ALWAYS best to focus on what you can control to make your application count
HOW DID YOU APPLY?
A little research goes a long way.
Was it through a job advertisement website? If so, were there any more contact details about the company? Although the obvious process would be for you to submit your CV via these websites, it’s not a point against you if you widen opportunities by being proactive!
Research more about the company and learn the different avenues where you can send your CV. Most of the time, company support e-mails are being posted on their respective website. You can also go for their social media pages and connect there. Having that character of a determined and persistent person is a good sign that you might be a strong candidate!
DID YOUR CV SELL YOU AS AN APPLICANT?
Start it with a bang.
How did your CV look like? Was it a barrage of black and white letters, words and phrases? Remember that first impression last! If you were to see hundreds of CVs in front of you, would you rather direct your eyes on the basic, novel-esque ones?
What am I trying to say is that putting that effort to beef up your CV, design, and presentation wise would go a long way. And though you might be forced to be reckoned with in terms of your work ethics, it’s always best to present your self in a short and concise way.
Think of highlights and milestones, factual and real of course, that would “wow” the recruiters, but at the same time wouldn’t bore them while they are going through your application. Keep it highly accurate and purely descriptive of the journey you’re taking in your career. Remember KISS– keep it short and simple!
DID YOU MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO CONTACT YOU?
Always put in mind that you are not the only one applying. With many options being sent to the recruiters, anything that hassles them will go straight to the shredding machine–or to the file trash in this case.
Try and make going through your application a pleasant experience with your Recruiter, that always puts you in a good light. Make sure you make yourself available for every possible communication avenue you’ll declare. Provide all your contact information both online (Skype address, FB or other social media sites, e-mail address etc) and offline (mobile number, telephone number)
A Recruiter’s message that is left unanswered could mean “ NEXT! ” for them.
DID YOU ACTIVELY FOLLOW UP ON YOUR STATUS?
There is a thin line between showing people that you are interested in and just being pushy and annoying. We want to be the former. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to know your status and there are actually ways to know if they are taking your application further.
To make your inquiries sound less “pushy” try different communication channels that might work. Contact them through e-mail, Skype, their chat support etc. If you already exhausted these channels and still did not get a response, maybe it’s about time that you read between the lines or silence.
Before making an inquiry or a follow-up, try to remember first if, you were already informed about the possible lead time in assessing your application? If they inform you what the next step would be if in case your application got through? How about if it passed or failed?
ARE YOU ALIGNED WITH THE COMPANY’S EXPECTATION?
Be a responsible applicant.
This is one of the earliest clues if you are fit for the role. It’s obvious that you need to have the skills that the company is looking for from its applicants in order to qualify. Don’t be an irresponsible applicant, the one who just submits and wish themselves luck despite the knowledge that they will definitely be fishes out of water when hired. Stop wasting your time and other people’s time. If the shoe doesn’t fit- don’t wear it
DID YOU MISS OUT ON EVERY DETAIL?
Another thing is (and believe me, this is important) read instructions, people! Asking about a detail that has already been disclosed is a huge turn off! Having to work with a lot of recruiters, I heard them countless times saying things like “Oh look, a stupid question”
As someone who is applying for a job, asking a stupid question is a no-no.
There is a reason why recruiters prepare so much in making a certain job presentable in a manner that it provides clear and concise details, hoping to find the best one to fulfill the role. Again, read and follow instructions!
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