Filling out online job applications is definitely not a fun task for many of us. They can often be unnecessarily long, and most of us would just prefer to submit our CVs and let them speak for themselves. However, more and more employers are now opting to create long application forms instead of just accepting CVs.
So, why is this becoming increasingly common? It could be mainly because larger organisations are now receiving thousands of applications for every job. The application forms enable them to ask the crucial questions they want to know at an early phase. This makes it much easier for them to filter out unsuitable candidates at an initial stage. It is also much easier to compare job applications following the same template, as the information provided on CVs can differ so much these days.
This two-part blog will take you through our top tips on how to navigate the online application system:
Start off by carefully reading through the selection criteria
First things first, it is essential for all candidates to carefully take in the selection criteria as listed out by the company within the vacancy. All jobs will have a job description included, though the level of detail within these is likely to vary. This will include the skill set, education, and work experience that is required for the job. Most companies will split their requirements into ‘desirable’ and ‘essential’.
It is your job to complete the job application to provide proof that you have at least all the essential skills that they are searching for, and as many of the desirable ones as possible.
Personal details and qualifications
The first part of any online form is usually the easiest. You will usually just need to input your personal details such as name and address. The next section usually asks for detail around your education and qualifications. It is helpful for employers if candidate translate their skills into a grading system that they understand. For instance, if you gained your degree in the U.K. but are applying for a job in an American company, translate your degree grade in the American equivalent. NARIC can help you do this for a small fee.
In the next part of this blog, we’ll be giving you tips on how to handle competency-based questions, talk about your strengths and weaknesses, and succinctly explain why you want to work at the job you’re applying for.
You can find part two of the blog here, http://www.pa-careers.co.uk/tips-applying-jobs-online-part-ii/. Find out more about being more employable with some Excel Training here.