Many jobs require you to apply online these days. Applying for a job online is very similar to applying by more traditional means but there are a few things to keep in mind. One of the most important things to know about applying online, is that there are lots of people and places that can help you!
If you have any questions about applying for a job online, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer.
Where to search for a job online
- Job Search Engines allow users to search the major job sites by keyword and location. Monster, Careerbuilder, Hotjobs, and Indeed are some examples.
- You can register with some websites and receive free emails with jobs available to match your interests.
- Some sites are dedicated to advertising specific job types e.g. Accounting.
- Social and professional networking sites are an excellent source of job listings and networking contacts to help your job search. LinkedIn.
- Working Abroad: there are websites dedicated to job opportunities for people who wish to travel and work abroad.
- Keep in mind job offers posted on generalist employment websites tend to get tons of responses, decreasing your chances of getting noticed!
Making an online application checklist
- Read the instructions and follow them carefully.
- If the listing says send a cover letter, send one. If the listing says apply online at CareerBuilder, do so.
- When the ‘help wanted’ ad says submit a PDF, don’t send a Word document.
- All your online communications should be professional – firstname.lastname@example.org is not a very professional email.
- Even though it’s quick and easy to send an email, it is essential to write (or copy & paste) a detailed cover letter within the body of the email, focused on why you are a good match for the job you are applying for.
- Put the job title in the subject bar of the email.
- Attach your CV (attachment is the staple symbol on the toolbar).
- Make sure your CV is saved as a PDF.
- Use your name as the file name of the CV: janemurraycv.pdf.
- Sometimes you have to say why you want the job or why you should get the job – use the wording from your cover letter as inspiration.