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The job search is now done online! Even though using online applications is so convenient, filling out application forms can occasionally feel daunting. Don't worry, with the correct planning and strategy, you can master those online applications and present your credentials with confidence.

Here's how you can do it:

Before You Begin:

  •  Resume & Cover Letter Ready: Prepare a cover letter pertinent to the job posting and your most recent résumé. Most online applications allow you to upload these documents.

  •  Employment History Details: Compile key dates, company names, job titles, and achievements from your past positions. This information will be needed for filling out work experience sections.

  • References Prepped: Identify potential references who can speak to your skills and experience. Obtain their permission to be listed on your application and ensure you have their current contact information.

Conquering the Online Form:

  • Read Instructions Carefully: Each application form may differ somewhat from the others. Take a moment to read through all the instructions and requirements before you begin.

  • Accuracy is Key: Double-check all information entered, especially names, dates, and contact details. Typos or inconsistencies can create a negative first impression.

  • Keywords are Your Allies: Many online applications utilize Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that scan resumes for relevant keywords. Pay attention to the job description and use those keywords throughout your application, particularly in your resume and cover letter.

  • Quantify Your Achievements: Don't just list your responsibilities; quantify your accomplishments using data and metrics whenever possible. For example, "Increased sales by 25% through targeted marketing campaigns."

  • Highlight Relevant Skills: Carefully review the job description and tailor your application to showcase the skills and experience most relevant to the position.

  • Proofread, Then Proofread Again: Proofread meticulously and consider having someone else review your application for errors before submitting.

Bonus Tips:

  • Save Your Work: Many online applications allow you to save your progress and come back later. This is a lifesaver if you need to gather additional information before completing the application.

  • Strong Password Management: If creating an account for the application, choose a strong and unique password. Consider using a password manager to keep track of your login credentials.

  • Be Honest & Transparent: While it's crucial to emphasize your strengths, tell the truth and don't twist your background or credentials in any way.

Remember, a well-crafted online application can be your ticket to landing that dream job interview. So, take a deep breath, gather your materials, and get ready to showcase your skills and qualifications with confidence!


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