Jun 24

Finding a Job Online – 3 Tips for Searching and Applying

Getting Hired Online

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When it comes to finding a job opportunity, jobseekers have to be strategic about how best to spend their time. Job seeking can be an immense energy drain but is essential for moving onward and upward in your career progression.

What are the most strategic and best methods for applying for a job? 

1. Create a Jobseeker Profile Online

There is a movement away from using traditional job boards to apply for jobs. More modern online recruitment platforms, such as Nomad Now, allow for more efficient job hunting and applying. After you upload your resume, your profile becomes immediately available to employers. The platform ensures that your profile is matched with job opportunities that correspond with your skills, services, and experience.

Create a list of job search keywords that reflect your job interests, experience, the location where you want to work, the type of position you are looking for, and your industry. Also, review a list of skills for resumes to match your skills to hirer’s job requirements.

2. Apply for Jobs on Company Websites

Company websites are a good way to source available job opportunities. This is a good option if you already know what companies you are interested in working for. Many company websites post available jobs under tabs named “Careers” or sometimes you have to search around to find a link such as “Work For Us”.

3. Email Job Applications

Some companies, especially smaller companies, won’t have a system to handle online job applications so email is one of the only ways to apply for a role.

One important thing to do when applying through email is to set up a professional email account for your job search. Avoid unprofessional email addresses and rather stick to addresses that simply include your name and some numbers.

Here are more detailed tips on how to apply for jobs via email.

Now that the best methods for searching for jobs online is covered, 

What are the most strategic ways to actually apply for a job online?

Simply submitting the same CV for multiple different jobs online is not a job search strategy. If it is easy to apply, it is likely that you will be competing with many - sometimes even hundreds - of other job seekers, especially for entry level jobs.

What you Need to Apply for Jobs Online
  • Internet access
  • A professional email address
  • An up-to-date resume
  • A cover letter tailored for jobs that require one
  • Sometimes, as part of the job application process, you may need to take an online employment test and provide employment references

Read the Job Description Properly

Do you have the required skills and experience that is mentioned in the job description?

Make sure that the described role is actually the job you are looking for. Simply skimming through keywords on job descriptions can mean you end up applying for a role you don’t actually want!

Your CV and Application Letter
  • Always tailor or customise your cover letter and résumé to the specific job for which you are applying. Ensure you include keywords in your application. Many online recruiters use software to scan and automatically discard applications that don’t include specific words.
  • Make sure your resume is completely up to date and includes your current contact information and work history.
  • Always include a cover letter (or a compelling description of who you are, why you are applying, and why the company should hire you) when applying for a job unless the job listing specifically says not to.
  • Have all the details of your employment history organised. Online application systems tend to re-ask for information provided on a resumé – including contact information, educational background, and employment history (with job titles, start and end dates of employment, etc.). You may even need to provide full addresses of previous employers, phone numbers and your supervisors’ names.
  • Fill out every field in the application to provide as much information as you can while demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm for the job.
Review All Social Media Profiles

Make sure you have a clean online presence. Many employers check online to verify the claims in your application. Check all social media privacy settings to ensure employers can’t access anything you don’t want to be seen. 

Recheck

Review your application before you submit it - check for spelling and grammar mistakes and make sure you submit the correct (customised) version to each employer. First impressions count, so make the best one you can.

Before job searching, gather all the information necessary to apply online. This makes easier to complete the application and get hired! Use the best platform to locate jobs (and be located by hirers too), upload your resumé and tailored cover letter, and begin the hunt.

About the author 

Julia Paton

Julia studied a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Film, English and Psychology followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing, both at the University of Cape Town. Whilst at university, she co-founded “Shots Fired Productions” a photography & videography micro-business. In addition to her entrepreneurial spirit, Julia brings to the team international experience gained from working at an advertising agency in Hamburg (Germany) and managing the marketing portfolio at an AI & Data Science Company in Sydney (Australia).

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