Join Jolie Miller for an in-depth discussion in this video Submitting the application, part of Job Hunting Online.
Well, we've found me a job, we've done our research, customized a cover letter and resume, and now it's the exciting part: submitting the application. Let's take a look at some of the next steps to prepare for. I'm here on the KinetEco application page, and as you can see, I've pre-filled a lot of my information here, to save you seeing me typing. And I have my name and phone number entered, I've uploaded my resume, I've uploaded my cover file. The thing I want to impress upon you before you click "submit" or "apply," wherever you're applying, do your proofreading and your double-checking.
Make sure that your resume, your cover letter, all of the typing that you do into an online form, are free of errors and present your best professional self. And when you feel that you're ready, go ahead and click that "Apply Now" button. So now what? You've clicked "submit" or "apply" and you're ready to wait, right? Wrong. Now is the time to redouble your efforts. As you start to have applications in, you want to make sure you're updating your Plan of Action with each step you're taking and keeping accurate records of what jobs and companies you're in contact with.
Early in my career, I applied for a lot of jobs in different areas of California, but it was hard for me to remember, when a new number cropped up on my phone, which company might be calling from an 818 number. I learned quickly how important it was to keep details about all the positions I had applied for at the ready. You can have a copy of your Plan of Action with you at all times in a purse or in a backpack or a briefcase, or even better, you can sync it to an app, such as Evernote or Google Drive or OneDrive, so that when that number pops up, you'll easily be able to access all of that information you have to prepare you to talk with a hiring manager.
On that same note, make sure you're prepared to answer your phone from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. local time in the region you're in, even if it's a number you don't recognize. You don't want to send a hiring manager to voicemail and play phone tag if you can at all avoid it. Because let's face it, phone tag gets tedious really fast, and that's not the first impression that you want to make. And just in case you do miss a call, let's say you're at your desk and you literally don't have a choice about whether to accept or not, please make sure your voicemail is professional.
Let them hear your full name, your voice, and let them know how soon to expect a response from you. For example, "Hi. You've reached Jolie Miller. "I'm sorry I missed your call, "but we'll get back to you as soon as possible today. "Have a great day." Next, I want you to continue applying for jobs. Luck favors a prepared job hunter, so keep at your search with a positive attitude and make it a goal to hit your weekly application targets or even exceed them if you're not getting the same volume of response you'd hoped.
This isn't the time to sit back and wait casually for a job to come to you, unless you're just passively looking around with no real rush to your search. Next, continue your education. There's no better time to do this than now because it gives you a great way to stay current in your field, and it makes for excellent interview anecdotes. I recommend you take advantage of free and paid courses, such as the ones on Lynda.com, such as enrolling in a MOOC course, and it gives you a way to stay current on those trends and have interesting conversation.
I also want you to use this time to get your details arranged, so that if you get an interview, you'll be fully prepared. For example, have your interview outfit ready to go, cleanly pressed. Have the paper you want to print your resume on for hard copies to take to that interview. And have contingency child or pet care available so you can accept an interview on little or short notice. If you're currently employed, make sure you have the time off and work coverage available so you can take a morning or afternoon here and there to respond to a new opportunity.
Always be prepared to interview within 24 hours, unless you know you'll need to be getting on a plane to do so, in which case, 48 hours is more reasonable. Submitting applications and taking those next steps can be a lot of wait and hurry up, but trust me when I tell you that you can mitigate the ups and downs by staying goal oriented and focused, both when you're jubilant about getting a callback and when it seems that no one's responding to you. Routines keep you purposeful and steady, even as circumstances shift widely from one week to the next.
It might take you months before the right role opens up, so keep in mind above all that this is not a sprint, it's a marathon.
Then take a quick workshop on applying for a job—from finding the ad to researching the company, tailoring your resume and cover letter, and submitting the application.
- Making a plan for job hunting
- Using popular job sites such as Monster, Simply Hired, and Indeed
- Networking and finding jobs on LinkedIn
- Using Twitter to search for jobs
- Scanning sites of companies you want to work for
- Approaching recruiters