Apply through a job portal
Some jobs will not require a paper job application. Skilled labor or professional jobs usually require that you apply using an online job portal. You will need to create login information for the job portal and submit your resume.
1. Search the company and apply on their website
You can apply through many online portals online. LinkedIn, Indeed.com, and Monster.com are the most popular job portals in the US. You can find a longer list of portals to use here. When you know what job you want to apply for, go to glassdoor.com. There, you can read stories about employees who work at that company. Sometimes they will share information about what you should include in your application.
Go directly to the company’s website and submit your application on the company’s own job portal, if there is one. Applying directly on the company’s website shows them that you have taken the time to visit their website and that you are interested in their company. Every time you see a company that has roles you like, write it down. Make a list of companies to focus on. Keep checking on their site for jobs you may be interested in.
2. Customize your resume and cover letter
The online job portal will ask for specific information. They might ask you questions about your experience that you must type directly into their system. Almost always, they will ask you to upload your resume or cover letter. You should not submit the same version of your resume and cover letter every time. Read through the job description and look for important skills the employer is looking for. If a skill is listed as “required” or is mentioned many times, it is important. Make sure to talk about how you have used that skill in your resume and cover letter. Usually, employers get many applications for every listing on the job portal. They do not have time to read all of them. “Resume tracking systems” are used to help employers process documents faster. These are computer systems that scan for the same words on the job description and in your documents. This means it is important to use the same language in your resume and cover letter as is in the job description.
It is important to check for writing errors before submitting your application. You can ask a friend or family member to read it and use an app called Grammarly to check for any mistakes. The app is free and will scan all the information you entered in the job portal for spelling and grammar mistakes.
3. Keep track of your answers
Make a note of the answers you provided in every online job portal. Companies may ask different questions on job portals. Sometimes it is easy to forget what you wrote. You will need to remember what you wrote in the job portal if you get called in for an interview. Try your best to give answers that give detail on what you wrote.
4. Contact the hiring manager on LinkedIn
After submitting your application, wait for a week or two. If you do not hear back, look for the hiring manager on LinkedIn and send him or her a message. You can usually find them by looking for their name and company. Send them a short private message. Tell them you are still interested in the job and why you are a good match for it. Sometimes, it helps to get your application reviewed.
5. Be consistent in your job search
The applications you submit using an online job portal will be one of many. There are always a lot of people applying for the same jobs. Whether you apply directly on the company’s job portal or use one of the job search websites, you will receive a confirmation email. The email is letting you know that your application was received. This does not mean that someone has already reviewed your application. It is only an automatic response set in the job portal. These are sent every time someone applies for a job.
You will usually not hear back after that initial email. Usually, employers only respond to job portal applications from people who have been selected for an interview. Do not get discouraged. This does not mean that you are not a good candidate. It just means that you have not applied for the right job yet. Apply for jobs every week, even if you have an interview coming up.
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