Quick Little Job Seeking and Online Applications Guide for Students

  | Amanda Wilks

1. Start with a List

First and foremost, you need to find out exactly what you want. Landing a job might be easy if you have no expectations. However, you won’t be able to keep it for too long because you might not like it. So, to avoid any unnecessary delays, you should write down what you want. You can start with a list of your skills and then continue with preferred occupations and even companies.

The result will give you valuable resources that will help you in the job-seeking process, namely keywords. You can search online for job descriptions that mention your skills and match your desired position.

2. Head for Your School’s Career Services Office

The problems students face when they enter the job market for the first time have been around the block for quite some time. As a way to support their students, schools usually open a Career Services Office. Not all students resort to this kind of assistance, mainly for lack of knowledge of its existence. Once you decide you want a job, you should ask for their guidance without hesitation.

In the outside world, their expertise would cost you quite a lot, so you should take advantage of this premium yet free service. They can offer you research material, advice, and job training. If you know exactly what you want, they might put you in connection with local companies, and you would be able to apply for a job at Walmart for example with higher chances of getting hired.

3. Harness the Power of Job Boards

The online world is the ideal medium to seek a suitable job for you. There are plenty of boards where companies make their new openings public. Some of the best such platforms out there are CareerBuilder, CoolWorks, Indeed, LinkUp, and Monster. The best thing about these websites is that you get exactly what you are searching for. You can type in clear keywords, like your wanted position plus entry-level, and you will receive thousands of compatible results.

In order to make the job seeking process efficient, you should dedicate at least 15 minutes each day for job boards. There are new entries each day and taking a weekend break from your hunt can waste you something like 50 great opportunities. You need to keep persevering and maintain focus on reaching your goal.

4. Curriculum Vitae

Most online applications require a digital resume, also known as Curriculum Vitae. Here, you should describe all your personal and professional skills and capabilities. The best advice you can get regarding your CV is to tailor it to look like the perfect answer to a certain job description. This means that before sending yet another online application to a new opening, you should revise your resume and add or eliminate paragraphs.

Recruiters usually have six seconds to review your resume. So, they are not looking for lengthy novels, but clear and relevant information.

Another winning trick is to avoid attaching a photo to your CV. Recruiters have to be unbiased in their search for ideal candidates. Your picture might trigger subjective opinions that can stand between you and the available position.

5. Cover Letter

Even though some online applications won’t require one, you should still create a customized cover letter for each job you apply to. It is your moment to build a case for yourself. There is going to be no one to stand by your side in a company that has nothing to do with you. Moreover, the resume has to make you appear qualified for a job interview. However, a well-written cover letter will draw the attention of recruiters.

So, the effort of creating one will definitely be worth the time. When writing your cover letter, make sure you deliver a new piece of information with each new paragraph.

Moreover, the details you mention about yourself, even your gap year, should be relevant to the opening for which you apply. A general rule is to create an enthusiastic image. The question you need to answer with this text is why you would be a great fit for the company.

6. Last Minute Checks

Before you hit the “send” button, you want to make sure that everything is spotless. Your online application should be without mistake if you want recruiters to consider you for their opening.

So, read your documents and personal information again carefully. Don’t skip even the simplest details. It would be regrettable if the employer won’t be able to call you because of an incorrect phone number.

Also, check the grammar and spelling. A young student should have an irreproachable grasp of writing skills, no matter which field you have chosen. Also, try not to leave any question without an answer. It is better to be honest and admit that you don’t know what to say than leaving a blank. So, this is the quick little guide you will need to begin your job-seeking mission. It is important to get all these steps covered in your online applications. Each of them has a lot of potential to land you the ideal position.

 Author bio: Amanda Wilks is a former Boston valedictorian and contributing writer. Her love of networking, tirelessly digging up for unattainable information, and incessant desire for improvement recommend her for all your career related needs. You are kindly invited to follow her at @AmandaWilks01.

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