Most employers have moved the job application process online. Completing and submitting the necessary documents is the first step in getting hired.
When applying for jobs, members commonly fill out an application on a company website—such as LNG Canada or JGC Fluor—or through a job board. It requires several tools and resources to take each application across the finish line.
Required Tools and Resources for Job Applications
The list of items you need in the online job application process may look daunting, but once you get started, it will become routine. Just narrow things down by taking things one step at a time to avoid overwhelm. Some of the things and information you need before starting include:
Cover letter (for some jobs)
Next, focus on these four preliminary steps:
1. Prepare Your Resume
There are many great resume templates online, so pick one that works for you and use it. It's best to name the file YourNameResume.doc or YourNameResume.pdf rather than something generic such as Resume.doc. A proper naming convention will help the hiring manager when processing potentially dozens of applications for multiple roles.
2. Make a Cover Letter
Some positions may require you to prepare a cover letter. Again, there are plenty of good templates online for cover letters, so find one that fits the specific job or industry. Personalize the template for the role and company to which you are applying.
3. Write Down Your Employment History and Have References Ready
Some job application systems will ask for details about your job history, such as positions held, start and end dates, job titles, rate of pay, tasks, and more. It's easiest to write these down in advance, either on paper or on the computer, so you have these details ready when needed.
Companies may also ask for references, including the supervisor's name, position, phone number, email address, and company mailing address. Reach out to your references before you send in your application to get their permission to use their information and let them know your potential new employer may contact them.
4. Fill Out a Sample Job Application
Completing an example job application lets members clarify their work history once upfront. This becomes a template for future job applications, so members won't have to reinvent the wheel each time. You can use this as a basis for each application and tailor the wording to apply to the specific job you want.
Other Tips for Completing Online Job Applications
Once you have prepared your resume, cover letter, and work history, there are a few more things to do when sending in an industry-based job application.
Create accounts on job sites/boards (such as Monster and Indeed)
Upload your resume to job boards
Search for jobs on job boards using specific job search keywords such as position title.
Apply for jobs on company websites
Applications Take Time
Filling out a job application may take some time, but potential employers notice when you tailor your application to the specific role, company, and industry.
The hardest step to take is the very first one. Instead of considering the whole list, pick one task and narrow it down to the first step.
Now it's time to polish up that resume and cover letter and get started!