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29/11/2013

What are the common mistakes to avoid when applying for a job online?

There are many mistakes one could make, but the most common are;

- Using crazy or inappropriate sounding email addresses. If possible, you could choose just a single professional email address for your official functions, probably containing an initial or an abbreviation of your names.

- Putting too many attachments. Job seekers usually put too many attachments, some of them totally unasked for. If possible, limit the number of attachments to just two, one a CV, and the other for the supporting documents- in PDF form, if asked for. You could copy paste the cover letter in the body of the email. A
typical job vacancy attracts hundreds of applications, and a HR recruiter could simply get tired opening all the documents.


- Spelling mistakes- In the era of auto spelling correct programs one would think that there would be few spelling mistakes in job seekers application documents, but this is not normally the case.

- If you are using a company's online application portal, it's important to use the keywords related to the specific job, as some companies use specialised software to weed out applicants in the early rounds.

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