Mistakes to Avoid When Submitting an Online Application

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Mistakes to Avoid When Submitting an Online Application

vancouver legal jobsWhen it comes to finding the right job, your resume is a first impression you must perfect. A great resume can open a door, but an inferior one can just as quickly close one. Here are a few common mistakes candidates make when submitting their application materials.

Ignoring the instructions. Read the job post carefully and do what the employer asks. Some will want you to you include the position title or job number in the subject line of your email. Others may request your desired salary or past compensation figures. The first job seekers to be eliminated from consideration are those who don’t follow instructions.

Your resume is unfocused. Your resume should clearly state what you do, what you are good at, and what you have accomplished. For example, if you are applying for a sales position focus on your numbers and statistics. If you have a long work history with valuable experience in more than one area, it may make sense to craft two different resumes – depending on the type of position you are applying for.

Not correcting grammatical and spelling errors. While this should be obvious and easily fixed, it is often an item that is often overlooked. Leaving grammatical and spelling errors within your resume can make you come off as rushed or lazy to potential employers. Use the spelling and grammar check in Word and have someone look over your information.

Attaching the wrong document. If you’re emailing your resume to a hiring manager or uploading it as part of an online application, double-check that you’re attaching the correct document. It happens more often than you think that an applicant uses an old version of his or her resume or sends a random file.

Forgetting about the file name. Despite what some think, the file name you use for your resume matters. When sending your resume to an employer, make sure it’s clearly labeled. You can’t go wrong with “FirstName_LastName_Resume” or a similar name.

Referencing another firm. If you’re like most job seekers, you maintain “master” versions of your resume and cover letter and alter these documents based on the position you’re applying for. That’s a smart and easy way to customize your materials without having to reinvent the wheel every time. Just make sure any section of your master that references a company name, hiring manager’s name or job title is updated before hitting send. There’s no faster way for your resume to end up in the “no” pile than by addressing it to the wrong firm.

Using incorrect contact information. Providing wrong information is the most careless thing you can do on your resume. Always ensure that your contact information is entirely correct. If the recruiters can’t contact you the first time they give you a ring, they will shift their attention to other qualified applicants.

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