Chapter 9

Applying for Jobs

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Navigating the application process

check Leveraging inside help to get noticed

check Inquiring about your status

The actual process of applying for a job can be cumbersome. Some jobs require you to apply in person. For other jobs, you need to email a résumé and cover letter. But for most jobs these days, you need to fill out long online application forms. The more jobs you apply to, the more different systems you’ll encounter. The process is not complicated, but it can be tedious.

More and more employers rely on applicant tracking systems (ATSs) to handle a huge volume of applicants. These systems are supposed to save employers time and help them with record keeping. For job seekers, though, these disparate systems often create more work, which makes it harder to stand out.

In this chapter, you get insights on how to get your application noticed. You also get tips on how to get visibility into the process and the status of your candidacy.

Applying for a job should be simple. With some basic planning and a little patience, you’ll breeze through this process.

Starting the Application Process

Now that you’re ready to begin applying for jobs, it’s time ...

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