February 1, 2021
Tips for Online Job Applications
We’ve all been there. We would be applying for a job and a million questions start crossing our minds. We ask questions like “should I write something in the email body or just attach the CV?” or “who should I address the email to?”.
- Always write a clear email subject.
The way you send an email says a lot about your professional skills. The email subject must be clear and concise. It needs to let the person know what you’re discussing in the email as well as your ability to highlight key information. So instead of having “cv” as your subject, you should write “Stephanie Sanders CV – Accountant”.
- A few sentences in the email body can go a long way.
Recruiters, HR teams, and employers receive dozens of emails a day. The way these emails are composed tells them about who the person is professionally, and what the goal of their email is. Sending in an empty email can suggest that you are not putting effort into this application, and perhaps that you are just applying everywhere. Adding one or two sentences can show that you care about the vacancy and wish to find success in this job application.
- Make sure who you know who you are addressing the email to.
Sometimes when addressing someone in an email, we aren’t sure about who they are, if they are a Mr. or Mrs., or even what their position is. In some cases, we can know their name from their email address. If not, the safest way to start the email is “To whom this may concern”, or “Greetings” to remain neutral and professional instead of “Dear Sirs” or “Dear Sir/Ma’am”.
- Make sure your name your document is named properly.
Again, the way you name and save documents hints at your professionalism by showing your level of organization and professional computer skills. Always make sure to include your name when saving your CV. So instead of “cv2020” you should save it as “Layla Johnson – CV”.
- Know what you are applying to.
We’re online more often than ever, and sometimes we bring our casual social media habits into the professional world without noticing. This includes speed-reading and skipping necessary information as we go, randomly applying to any job we see, and signing up for anything. When applying to a job online, make sure to read all the requirements and details before you proceed so that you are sure that you fit many of the requirements and that this job is for you.
- Remember, texting language is not professional language.
Working from home has to some extent blurred the line between professional writing and how we write on social media. When composing an email or talking to any professional or work colleague, always avoid the use of acronyms, even on WhatsApp. Instead of “ure” type “you’re”. Instead of “thx” type “thanks” or “thank you”. By doing this, you are maintaining the boundary between professionalism and casualness, and that brings you a long way. If you feel that you do not have the time or energy to type, explore your phone’s keyboard settings. You can add keyboard shortcuts that automatically replace your acronyms with the full phrase. There’s always a solution to make things faster and easier.
We hope you find these tips and tricks useful and that you’re able to apply them in your professional life from now on. Remember, it’s all in the details! Small changes can have big effects. Good luck!