In conversation with my clients , many people feel as if every job application these days is more complicated than the last. Many applications require you to fill out lengthy forms, submit multiple documents, and jump through a variety of hoops. Many will even require potential applicants to take an assessment or test before even completing the application. It can be easy to wonder if employers are deliberately making job applications tedious in order to weed out candidates.
Here’s the deal: while it’s true that some employers do use complicated applications as a way to screen candidates, in most cases the reasons for lengthy applications are more innocent. In many cases, employers simply don’t have the time or resources to sift through hundreds of resumes and cover letters. Asking candidates to fill out a detailed application ensures that employers only have to review the most relevant information.
Knowing this doesn’t make filling out lengthy applications any less frustrating. If you’re struggling to complete a complicated job application, I’ve made a short list of things that you can do to make the process, if not easier, then at least more valuable.
Take Your Time
First, start by carefully reading the instructions. Many people rush through applications and make mistakes because they don’t take the time to understand what’s being asked of them. If you’re unsure about something, don’t hesitate to contact the employer for clarification.
Trying to complete a complicated application at the last minute is almost guaranteed to lead to frustration and mistakes. By starting early, you can take your time and avoid feeling rushed.
Filling out a long job application can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a break and come back to the application later. Sometimes it’s helpful to walk away from the situation for a little while in order to clear your head.
Quality, Not Quantity
It’s better to spend more time on a few applications that you’re confident in, rather than trying to rush through a bunch of them. Employers can usually tell when applicants are sending out batch applications, and you may miss out on the right role for you as a result.
Don’t Be Afraid to Follow Up
If you haven’t heard back from an employer after submitting an application, it never hurts to reach out and check in on things. This might be a good way to force a set of eyes on an application that may otherwise have been overlooked, and it always shows that you are persistent.
Keep Your Chin Up
Applying for jobs can be discouraging, but remember that each application is one step closer to landing your dream job. In a competitive job market, it’s easy to fall into
Ask For Help!
If you’re really struggling with a particular application, don’t hesitate to ask a friend or family member for help. Sometimes it’s helpful to have another set of eyes on the situation.
If you are ready to get dedicated support during your job hunt, contact me right away to get started. I will help you every step of the way, from identifying your dream job to negotiating your salary.
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