Online job application advice

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Friday, May 8th, 2015
Community, Jobs & Careers
Regardless of how you apply for a job, it’s important to follow the company’s application instructions, submit all the required materials, and to carefully proof-read your application.
Davy Doyle, Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Office Manager for Newry Jobs & Benefits office

Davy Doyle, Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Office Manager for Newry Jobs & Benefits office

If applying for a job online, Davy Doyle, Newry Jobs & Benefits office manager in the Department for Employment and Learning’s (DEL) Employment Service offers the following advice. “Increasingly companies are using on-line application forms rather than paper-based forms because they are faster and more efficient. A number of large employers in Northern Ireland now have on-line applications. “Applying for a job online can be easy and fast but don’t rush through the process. Careless errors will mean that your application could be rejected at an early stage. “It’s important to follow the instructions exactly when applying for jobs online. You may need to fill out a profile, upload your CV and/or cover letter, or take an online test, all as part of the application process,” he explained. “Online job listings provide detailed information about the job profile and the company. This means that you can highlight skills you have that suit the prospective employer’s requirement and will bring benefits to the company. “If uploading your CV, ensure that it is presented well, preferably in Microsoft Word format. Make it clear and concise. The font and its size should be consistent throughout. “If sending a CV, do not send it with the file name ‘CV.doc.’ Recruiters will receive many CVs with this name. Type your name and the position you are applying for as the file name. “If using job search sites, keep track of the accounts you create so you can track your applications, apply for more jobs, and keep your CV updated. “Mail or upload a cover letter with your CV. The cover letter should clearly state the position you are applying for, relevant skills that you have to offer and a brief statement on why you are suitable for the job. “Although your contact information will be mentioned in your CV, list it again in the cover letter. Contact information should include name, address, email address and phone numbers. “Most importantly, proof-read your application or CV several times, before submitting. It’s really helpful if you can get someone else to also check your document as some people find it difficult to proof-read their own work,” he added. If you need any further information, please go to where you will find the contact details for your nearest Careers Office and careers adviser. You can also contact the Careers Service by phone on 0300 200 7820.
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