Planning to: Apply for a Job Online

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

If the last time you found a job was through a newspaper, this article is for you. Online job postings are a quick way to find and apply for jobs. Here are some steps you can take to make your process go smoother.

Your online job application is the first opportunity for your potential employee to get to know you. Hence, while online job applications vary, they tend to require some effort to fill in. It is not uncommon for companies to require you to fill in details like employment history, skills and motivations.

Having all your information at hand is useful to speed up the process. It is also important to have an online version of your resume and cover letter ready as most companies will require you to upload supporting documents along with your application.

Job positions can be posted on both company websites or job portals. Unfortunately, some job portals are targeted at younger workers and older workers can face rejection on these sites because of their age.

The key for older workers is to look for age-friendly workplaces and job sites catered to older workers. Job portals like Silver Spring and Silverjobs are specifically set up to match older job seekers with employers who are looking for older workers. When looking for job positions, consider using keywords such as “mature workers” to narrow down your search.

If you are intending to apply through job portals, do not stop at just submitting applications to the various employers. Create an account with the website and upload your resume or curriculum vitae(CV) on to these portals so that potential employers can find you as well.

Having an account may also make future applications easier.

Take note not to include sensitive information like your address in your resume or CV. An email or phone number to contact you will be sufficient.

An effective way of finding jobs is through networking. Networking online makes it easier for you to find people you have lost contact with offline. An added bonus of using such networking websites is that potential employers can see that you are keeping up with technology which demonstrates your ability to pick up new skills.

Source: thebalance, Straits Times

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