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Using the internet to apply for jobs

Applying for jobs on the internet

There has never been an easier time to find job vacancies. The internet has given recruiters and employers an almost unlimited reach. Job applicants should therefore learn to use the internet to their advantage, if done incorrectly though, applicants can find the internet to be a blunt tool.

There are so many sources of job vacancies available. Just do a search on Google for job vacancies in your area and you’ll likely find thousands of results and most of them will be irrelevant. There are literally thousands of job sites offering you places to work, however as most job applicants discover a lot of them are duplicates and many of them not suited to their skills.

Use job sites to your advantage

In order to take full advantage of the internet’s capabilities when searching for a job, there are a few things that you need to do.

Make your resume or CV work for you. Upload you CV to as many CV banks such as http://www.monster.com and let it do the work for you. Make sure when you upload it to sites such as these that you really highlight the relevant and key skills needed for your desired role as searches for applicants depends on a computer searching through thousands of resumes in order to find something relevant. You need to make the search easy and clear for the computers to find you.

You should also make it clear exactly what type of role it is that you’re looking for. It is inevitable that you’ll get calls from recruiters for roles that aren’t suitable, this is very often laziness on their part. You can cut down on these unnecessary calls however by clearly stating the type of job that you’re after.

Use Social Media to apply for jobs

You should also use social media to your advantage when looking for a job. Follow the companies and industry leaders in your chosen field or area. These people can often alert you early to job vacancies as they arise. As well as this it can be a means for you to interact with the people who may become your employers, you can often find out by asking what type of qualities and candidates they are looking for.

Making every job application count

Make your application count

Make your application count

It is important to remember when filling in a large number application forms that every form could be the one that lands you your desired job. It is therefore important that you put equal effort into every single form that you fill out. It can be tempting to go through the motions and change single words and phrases to match the company that you’re applying to.

What you need to do is make sure that you tailor your application form to each individual company. This means spending more time filling in your application form but this can really pay off in the end if you land the job that you want.

Tailor your application form covering letter

If there is an opportunity to provide A covering letter make sure that this is tailored exactly to meet your company profile. See another of our post for tips on how to complete a covering letter. Some key tips for this are, you should look at important and key statistics on the company that you were applying for, information such as this can be gleaned from the company website,Twitter feed or other social media outlets. This information can then be included in your cover letter,For example and the reasons why you are playing for the role.

Writing your cover letter this way Demonstrate that you have done background reading on the company and shows enthusiasm for the role that you acquainted.If you were to write a generic covering letter,It is usually easy for the application for markers to see this.This can reflect poorly on you as an applicant and can cost you the job in the long run.It really is worth the extra effortOf writing a tailored and unique cover letter.

Be ahead of the crowd

Give yourself every advantage when applying for a job. One great tip is to be early in submitting your application form. To give you the best chance of doing this you should always monitor the website of company that you Are applying to.This will enable you to be one of the first candidates to complete their application form, you are one of the first people that they see and hopefully one of the most memorable.

Refining you application form technique

application form technique

It is not uncommon for job seekers to have to fill in numerous application forms for many different companies. It is also reasonable to expect that some of these application forms submitted will not be successful. There are a whole host of reasons why your application form may not be successful and that you don’t progress on the the interview stage.

Many of these reasons may be out of your control. An example of this is if the posstion has already been filled without you knowing or the requirements for the role has changed. These are the sort of thing that you can’t do anything about yet still remain extremely frustrating. There are however times when your application for is unsuccessful because of something you’ve done.

Whatever the reason is that your application for has been unsuccessful, it can be turned in to a valuable learning experience and an opportunity for you to refine you application for technique.

Turn your failures in to success

Very often failure at this stage can be extremely valuable if looked at in the right way. Say for example that a company has contacted you to say that they will not be invited for an interview, you can use this opportunity to your advantage. Ask them directly for feedback, very often they will give a generic answer but if you push them further for example by following up with a phone call or email you can often glean valuable information.

Application form markers will often give you pieces of information that if inserted in to your form may have made you successful. You may be thinking, well I haven’t got the job so why bother? The reason to do this follow up each and every time is because it can very often help you with your other application forms.

Should that same company recruit again in the future for the same or a similar possition. You’ll have a distinct advantage over other applicants in the sesne that you already know some of the things that they may be looking for.

Remember, it doesn’t take much time to seek feedback. Make sure you do because it can be invaluable to you.

Presenting the right image on your application form

Presenting the right job application

Application forms are becoming the weapon of choice for a lot of jobs. Over the past 10 years there has been a marked increase in the number of companies employing this method for the initial vetting of job applicants.

It’s easy to see why this has happened. When a company creates an application form they are getting the exact information that they want from you. By not relying on a CV which presents a general overview of candidates, they can ask specific relevant questions that get to the core of the key-skills they are looking for job applicants to have.

How to think about an application form

You should see an application form as a window of opportunity. It is your chance to shine. As I previously mentioned, employers are asking specific questions and it is these questions that you can use to draft your answers. Try and read between the lines of a question and don’t simply take it at face value. Think about what qualities and key-words are they looking for.

You can often find the answers to the key words that you should include in your application form on the company’s website. Very often employers have a ‘company values’ section that outlines exactly what they expect of their employees and what their principles are in how they conduct their business. You should use the qualities that they mention word for word and be prepared to back them up with your personal experiences.

Use the correct information on your application form

It can be tempting to bend the truth, many people often go past this point and outright lie. You should not do this. Not only is it unethical but it can really land you in trouble at the interview stage either when the employer questions you on experience that you’ve mentioned or later when they conduct a background check.

Your best bet is to stick to the truth. Make sure your information is filled in accurately and correctly and information such as criminal convictions are filled in truthfully.

Basic interview tips after you’ve completed your application form

Interview Tips

Very often people focus exclusively on their application form and neglect preparation for the second part of the hiring process, the interview. It can be tempting to think that as you’re only giving answers about things that you already know, your work experience, that there’s not really much preparation that you can do. Do not fall in to the trap of thinking this way. Interview preparation is absolutely key to your success, there are so many things that you can do to improve your chances at this stage.

Create yourself a list of the interview stages

The best way to prepare for an interview is to make yourself a list of the possible stages that you will face. I’ve gone ahead and helped you by listing some of the stages, if you can think of other sections that may crop up in your interview (no two interviews are the same) then by all means add them in.

Experience – go through each of your previous work places and write down the key points that you’d like to talk about. You should consider good examples of key skills that you used when working there and make a note of noteworthy tasks and duties that you carried out that would be easy to talk about when asked. Even if you’re asked a question that you don’t expect you can tailor your answer to include these examples.

Surprise questions – you may be thinking, how can I prepare for questions that I don’t expect. The truth is that you can. Google ‘most common interview questions’ or something similar and check out a number of webpages that have suggestions on these. Work through each question in turn and write down your answers. Again, even if the exact questions don’t come up, the chances are you can still adapt the answers that you’ve prepared.

End of interview questions – Always prepare questions to ask your potential employer. Again, feel free to Google ‘questions to ask at the end of an interview’ for a large number of examples. Failure to prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview can reflect very poorly on you. It shows a lack of preparation and dedication at this early stage. This can really put employers off.

Application form help and basics

Application form basics

Filing in an application form correctly is one of the most important things that you can do when applying for a new job. It is very often the first thing that an employer sees of you. It is your introduction and your stepping stone to the next stage of the employment process and for this reason, you really need to make sure that it counts.

First things first, the chances are that you won’t get the job you’re after. I’m not saying that to put you off applying, I’m saying that because statistically, more people apply for positions than the number of positions available. Taking this in to account you must then write your application form in such a way that makes you stand out and stacks the odds of you progressing to the interview stage in your favour.

Application form fundamentals

You should put all your effort in to making sure that your form really stands out. There are a few basics that you must get right from the get go or the answers that you give would not even count. You must first ensure that your form is filled in both neatly and correctly. This means making sure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes as well as making sure that you’ve only filled in the correct and required sections.

Check your job application’s spelling, grammar and punctuation

Spelling and grammar mistakes can indicate a lot about a job applicant. Making mistakes here can say to the employer that this person is careless or lazy. We all make these mistakes but there is no excuse for not going back over your form and discovering them.

You need to check and re-check your application form. Get family and friends to help you here. A second person’s opinion can be invaluable, especially when you’ve been filling in your form all day and your brain becomes tired of looking at it.

Unfortunately people don’t often follow this advice and submit their forms unchecked. This is such a waste of time. If you’ve taken the time to fill in the entire form, why not spend 5 to 10 more minutes checking it through and really making it count?

Filing in your application form

To type or not to type? That is the question. My advice to you would be always type your application forms where possible.

Most people have computer scanners in their home these days, so even if you’ve received a physical application form it can be easy to scan it in and type it. This gives you several advantages. One it does away with your any frustrating spelling mistakes that can cause you to have to write our your entire form again. Two, you can draft your answers out before your final copy and three, it looks so much neater.

For specific application form help, feel free to consult authorities on the matter. Books and web-sites aimed at helping you can be great. For example check out http://applicationformpolice.co.uk

Hello and welcome to my blog

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Hi, my name is James Matthews. As my about section says I’m a secondary school teacher who specialises in providing career advice to students.

I’m starting this blog as a way of helping as many people possible including my current students, many of whom will be reading this. I want to share and pass on my knowledge and experience as many people out there struggle with all things career related. Sometimes what you need is a fresh perspective on your prospects or perhaps an expert opinion to steer you in the right direction and I’m here to provide this.

Within my years of experience as a careers advisor I’ve market and proof read hundreds of application forms, I’ve seen some of the best application forms and some of the worst. It’s this knowledge that I want to pass on to you. There are so many pitfalls and faux pas that you can make when applying for a job and I’ll be teaching you how to not make them.

Not only will I be blogging about filling in application forms but I’ll be talking about writing your own CV or resume. These are muddy waters, there is a lot of bad information floating around on the internet out there and I aim to clear up some common misconceptions.

I’ll also be talking about other career related topics such as preparing for interviews, conducting telephone interviews, how to use social media to your advantage and finding the right job for you in general.

If there’s a topic you’d like me to cover or go over, then I’d be happy to hear your suggestions. Please feel free to contact me via my contact page and I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. Who knows, I may be writing an article on the topic that you suggest.

I hope you enjoy my posts and find them both informative and entertaining.

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