In today’s job search arena, it is becoming more of a necessity that you be proficient in completing online applications. Making one error can eliminate your chances of being hired. There are quite a few things to consider when you sit down to the computer.
Depending on the company you are applying with, you may be able to apply directly with their company Web site or you may need to build your profile with one of a number of job search sites such as monster.com or careerbuilders.com. Online applications will typically ask your for your name, contact information, employment history, and educational background. You will need to know the same information as is requested on a typical application. You will also need a resume formatted to attach or copy and paste into the application as most will have an area for this.
Be aware of the risks of posting your information to a database or Web site. Do your research on the company to ensure the safety and privacy of your information. It is also a good idea to delete your profiles and resumes from any sites where you may have posted them once you have obtained a position.
There are hundreds of sites where you can build your profile and apply to job openings. Once your profile and resume are ready, you are able to apply for a number of jobs with just a few clicks of your mouse. You can have job openings e-mailed to you as well as keep track of your applications.
As with any job application, keep a few things in mind: spelling, consistency, accuracy, and honesty. Questions that you should not answer would include those about your bank account, credit card numbers, mother’s maiden name or any identifiers such as eye color.
Remember to do your research about the company and industry. Tailor your application and resume to each position. Be knowledgeable about the salary expectations for the position as many sites will require a numerical response. Do not leave any questions blank as that may result in your application being rejected.
Complete your online application by proofreading and saving a copy before you submit. Being prepared for computer errors can save time and frustration. Many times you can also attach a cover letter and that is an excellent thing to do if you can. Many sites will also allow you to download a sample job application and you can be prepared with all of the information you may need. As with any job application, follow up with the company.