5 Things to Expect When Applying for a Job


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Admittedly, the job-hunting process is stressful. It is even more difficult when you are navigating the process alone. Knowing what to expect could take the load off of your shoulders. Here are a few essential things to keep in mind when sending out job applications.

1. You Might Get Ghosted

Everyone hopes for a positive response when they send out job applications. However, this doesn’t always happen. If you have tried following up and have yet to get a response, it may be time to keep exploring your options. Avoid following up on your application more than twice.

Being ghosted by a potential employer may be sad, but it is a reality. You won’t always make it to the next stage. Even if you are a great candidate, you may only be a good fit for some companies.

Sending emails or calling every day isn’t a good idea. It makes you seem desperate and will discourage potential employers from hiring you in the future.

2. Your Application Will Likely Go Into an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

If you send out a job application, it will land in an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Although you may spend hours trying to perfect your resume, it probably doesn’t end up in the hands of a human being.

An ATS is software that scans resumes for specific keywords. It weeds out those that don’t match the advertised position. The hiring process is frustrating and time-consuming. ATS simplifies the process while ensuring that a company hires a good fit. Here are a few essential features of an applicant tracking system:

  • Advanced search
  • Multi-channel candidate sourcing
  • Advanced analytics and reporting
  • Resume parsing
  • Email templates
  • In-built CRN software
  •  Real-time collaboration
  • Ability to schedule interviews.

3. Background Checks

You’ll probably need to go through a background check. Most companies conduct reference and background checks to ensure you can fit into their company culture.

Ensure that the references on your resume can speak positively for you. Provide their updated contact details and ensure that all the information on your resume is current.

Most managers will verify all the facts you provide, including your education. If you include social media details on your resume, the hiring manager will likely check them out. They want to ensure your application is consistent with how you present yourself on the resume.

4. You Might Receive a Questionnaire

After submitting your application, the hiring team might send you a questionnaire. Some companies send out personality tests and other questionnaires to get a feel of what you have to offer. This is especially common for companies that receive a lot of resumes for the same job.

There are different test subjects for different positions and companies. They are meant to showcase your personality and technical abilities. They increase the chances of finding a good fit for the position before the interview.

5. The Job Offer Might Not be Impressive

When sending out job applications, your ultimate goal is to get a job offer. Usually, you’ll receive the offer by email or phone. If you receive an offer by phone, you will likely get a follow-up email soon after.

The email should review your job details, including the start date, benefits package, and salary. You don’t need to accept this offer right away. You can respond with a counteroffer. Negotiating is always a good idea if you think you deserve better.

In conclusion, job-hunting is a daunting process. Knowing what to expect helps you set realistic expectations and prepare. While you hope for the best, the process can be challenging. Take advantage of the above tips to streamline your process.

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