Today, many job applications are completed online. With the overwhelming shift from paper to electronic submissions, job seekers have the ability to apply anywhere and at any time, as long as they have internet access. But there is a drawback to this convenience. When working online, it can be easier to become distracted and not give 100% focus to your job search efforts. In this blog, we will look at some the most common mistakes that we’ve seen take place on online job applications.
Attachments can cause an immediate derailment in your online application. With most job postings receiving multiple applicants, your resume, cover letter or any other documents that you send have to be correct. Otherwise, you’ll quickly end up at the bottom of the virtual pile or discarded completely.
When sending over an attachment, you’ll want to avoid these mistakes:
- Sending an outdated version of the document
- Using poor grammar (make sure to check verb tenses!) and spelling
- Having generic filenames such as “Resume” or “Cover Letter”
And if you do happen to send over a wrong attachment, you’ll find yourself in a tough position and fighting an uphill battle. Do you re-apply, re-send the attachment with a brief explanation of your mistake or simply move on to a different opportunity? While there is no consensus, by re-sending the correct or updated attachment, you’ll at least give yourself a chance to get your most relevant information to them. The hiring manager may still put it off to the side for the lack of attention to detail, but at that point you would have made the best effort to correct the situation.
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There's no benefit in applying to the same job opportunity over and over again. If anything, you'll put yourself in a worse position by making yourself appear desperate and potentially bothering the hiring manager. If your qualifications match up with the company is looking for, they’ll reach out. However, if you're worried about whether your job application has gone through, a follow-up call or email a few days after you sent the application would be appropriate.
With clients across the Midwest, QPS has opportunities anywhere from northern Wisconsin down to southern Missouri. When applying for a job, it's important to double check the geographical location of the position and ensure that you have the transportation available to get there.
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