You can carry out a lot of activities easily via the internet, and applying for an employment position is not an exception. Although this may seem like a convenient way to pursue your career goals, it may just not be the best idea. With little chances of actually getting considered for a job position, some people have discredited online job applications. Others have found the secret to applying for online jobs and are having a track record with getting employment online. Are there certain things that the latter know that the former do not? These are some quick tips on applying and getting online jobs.

  1. Customize your application

Most people embrace a one-size-fits-all approach by submitting their resume and a quickly written resume to several sites at once. This is, however, a serious mistake when it comes to online job applications. Why? You may wonder. A significant number of companies that hire online will have an applicant tracking system which sorts out applications by reviewing the keywords provided in the job description. To ensure your application is not rejected before even getting to the potential employer, identify the appropriate keywords and use them to write your resume.

  1. Avoid using informal language

One challenge with making online applications is that it is extremely easy to slip into our online habits. This may include writing in shorthand or typing lazily. Although most people will associate writing online with informality, it is prudent to understand that this does not apply to applying for employment positions. Failing to write a professional resume will make you appear lazy or that you lack attention to detail.

  1. Know your potential employer

Your recruiter wants to know that you are excited at the thought of working in the firm and one way to do this is by displaying an above average knowledge of the company. For example, writing your strong qualities and stating how they align with the objectives and mission of the company will show that you know something about the company. Another reason to do this is that it gives you an idea of your potential employer. A background check will ensure you get up to date information about the working environment, values of your employer and even job location. An opportunity that you find in a job application center should have sufficient information about the employer and the job being advertised. You do not want to apply for a job in the Middle East, just because you were too lazy to check.

  1. Follow up

Following up for an online job position is as quick and convenient as applying for the same. Having contacts at your potential employer’s firm can help you get noticed by the hiring manager. Technology has also made it easier to explore our networks with social media sites such as LinkedIn playing a crucial role in linking employees with potential employers. You can use your LinkedIn connections to follow up on a job position that you previously applied for if one of your acquaintances works at the company.

Online job applications have transformed how companies are recruiting their staff. Learning the common pitfalls of online applications and the recommended practices can increase your competitive advantages.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to [email protected].