Make the most of your online job application experience
Published: 16 Aug 2016 By Jennifer Jackson
Find out how to improve your online job search experience and what to expect after you’ve clicked ‘apply’.
Vicky Quinn, head of UK recruitment, Third Sector Jobs
Searching and applying for jobs can feel like a full-time job in itself, which presents a challenge when you’re already working all day. It often leaves precious little time in the evenings or weekends to find your next career opportunity and put together a stand-out application to attract recruiters’ attention.
But when you do find your ideal job, it can be life changing, making the whole process worth every hour spent crafting the perfect CV and cover letter, attending interviews and conducting follow up phone calls. So how can you stand out in the job application process and what can you expect when applying online?
Allow at least an hour to apply for a job
Vicky Quinn, head of UK recruitment at Third Sector Jobs, urges candidates to “take your time when you’re applying for a job - allow at least an hour”. On Third Sector Jobs, for example, you can narrow your search down by location, function and sector in three easy steps. Once you have found a job you want to apply for, you click ‘apply now’ and normally you will be directed straight to an application form.
Spend time on the employer’s website
In some cases you will be redirected to the recruiter’s website which may or may not take you directly to the application page you need. “This can be frustrating for time-poor applicants”, empathises Quinn, “however, in the instance that you are redirected to an employer’s site, I would urge you to persevere and use it as an opportunity to do some research about the organisation. Although this may be more time consuming, it does mean you will improve your knowledge of your potential future employer, which in turn should strengthen your application.”
Upload your CV
Third Sector Jobs allows you to upload your CV, which makes it easier when applying for future roles. You can tick a box to allow recruiters to view your CV and approach you when a suitable role becomes available, and you can also tick a box to receive emails when similar jobs come up. Quinn advises: “It’s important that you also include a well thought out covering message along with your CV. You’ve got 4,000 characters to get your message across - make it a good one!”
What happens after you click ‘apply’?
Once you have submitted your application form, you will get a confirmation of receipt email from Third Sector Jobs. Your application then goes directly to the employer or recruitment consultant who can log in and check how many people have applied for their vacancies. If your application has not been successful you may receive an automatic message advising you accordingly. If you have not heard back within a week, give the employer or recruitment consultant a call. “We urge advertisers to respond to applicants within a week but we can’t guarantee this so it’s always worth following up to express your interest in the role”, adds Quinn.
Making a great application
Quinn concludes: “Applying for a job is a big life decision so it’s worth taking your time to get your application just right. Think about what makes you stand out as a candidate and how your experience applies to that particular role. Try to cherry pick the roles where you have the best chance of standing out against the competition - this will give you the best chance of success.”
Third Sector Jobs offers candidates the widest choice of top jobs in the sector and is specifically designed to make applying for a job a quick and easy process, with recruiter information on the site and easy CV and cover letter upload functions. The site also offers career advice to help candidates develop their careers and keep informed about the latest developments.