How to Apply for a Job

We hope that you have already read the article on research, if you haven’t read that article, we strongly recommend that you read the article on research, it covers a lot of ground of what we are going to expand on here.

So you have done your research, zeroed on few potential job profiles, and now you are ready to apply for the job. In an earlier article, we mentioned that applying for too many jobs is counterproductive and that an ideal count of ‘three’ is good. This, however, may not be viable for inexperienced candidates. For inexperienced, it may very well be a number game. How do you then make sure that your profile reaches maximum number of potential employer audience?

There are many ways you can get your profile across to your potential employer, like:

In person: It is rare applying for a job in person in case of multi-national companies, but the practice still exists in some places. Essentially, you will walk into places where you want to work, reach out to an appropriate HR person and hand them your resume (and cover letter). If there is a mid-size firm in your vicinity that you always wanted to work for, this may still be a way to do it.

Drop box: Like applying in person, this is not a popular method with the advent of the internet, but it still exists. You drop your cover letter and resume (neatly tucked in an envelope) into a drop box specifically created for this purpose. You can ask the security personnel for the location in case you cannot easily locate it.

Job sites: This is by far the most popular method out there. You will have to create a profile on the website. If you are struggling to create your own cover letter and resume, you may find articles on how to create a cover letter and how to write a resume useful. Most job sites will let you upload your own resume and cover letter. Some will need you to create resume on their portal, just use your existing resume to copy/paste information. The job sites are free to use for the applicants. Out of the 100s of sites, here are some noted ones:

www.careerbuilder.com

www.indeed.com

www.jobster.com

www.naukri.com (India site)

www.monster.com

Recruiters: Big companies have their own recruiting personnel; these folks scour through various sources (including job sites, LinkedIn) to find a suitable candidate, and they reach out to the potential candidates. Remember that recruiters may be on company’s payroll or an outside party, as such, an initial screening interview with them would be necessary (and so will be making a good impression).

Referrals: It just so happens that one of your friend’s brother or cousin works for that dream company you always wanted to work for you, guess what, if that cousin refers you, and you get selected, you get the dream job, and they get the referral bonus. It’s a great win-win situation. So next time you hear someone say that they work for the company that you want to work for, shake their hands and hand over your resume.

Company website: Last but not the least, each decent size company has its own website and a career section on it. One of the amazing things about this is that if there is an opening in the company that suits your profile, then you can apply for that job direct on their portal and deal with the company directly. You have to be patient with the time lapse between when you apply and when you get called. If you don’t hear in about two weeks, you can send a soft reminder note to them via email or call the company and speak to an HR there.

Campus recruitment: Many companies would like to attract talent direct out of the college which increases the retention rate and helps companies get young blood into their work force so that they can see their existing technologies and processes from a fresh perspective of the ‘today’ crowd. For the candidates, this is good news as the campus hire interviews tend to be friendlier and focused on future aspirations than any experience. Always keep an eye on the college dashboard, newsletters and enroll your name at the ‘communications and/or campus hire’ department of the college so that you don’t miss out any of these opportunities.

Internship: Many companies invite candidates for internship opportunities. Difference between campus hiring and internship is that, internship – in most cases – happens while you are still studying whereas campus hiring is a full time offer just out of college. Internships happen during the college break in the final semester (year). Internship is a great way for the candidate and the employer to see if they are a good match. If you played your cards right, in most cases, internships give way to a campus hiring position right out of the college.