As a young graduate who has just completed their university or college education, you’ll inevitably find yourself searching and scouring the internet, looking for the best job offers. In a country like Sri Lanka, where the economy is thriving, local and multinational companies and organizations are setting tents each new day; the prospects are bright for any job seeker. However, you must get your acts in order if you’re to land yourself that dream job.
Below are 5 things you should always remember before applying for a job online in Sri Lanka;
- Top Job Sites; to save yourself time, search for the latest jobs in the best job sites; such a site is likely to update their vacancies often. Some job sites in Sri Lanka have vacancies from last year on their top pages, while others are not even genuine. A good job site should be a platform whether both job seekers and employers can liaise and help one another; it should also have a nice layout, and easy to navigate.
- Brief Cover letter; desist from writing an overly long cover letter; make it brief and concise. Your employer probably has to sort over hundreds or thousands of applications, and as such, they may not have all the time to read your cover letter. Make it brief, anything else you need to explain to them, preserve that for the interview day.
- Have your details ready; avoid the habit of scanning your academic documents at the last minute, so as to send them to an employer. Rather, always have the academic testimonials in soft copy, either in a flash disk or on a folder in your computer. When filling out your personal details, make sure the dates, addresses, telephone numbers are all correct. The moment some details contradict one another, employers will swiftly put aside your application and move on to the next one.
- Social media; may not go well with most people, but truth is that it is always prudent, and advisable to moderate and keep a keen eye on the way you brand yourself on social media. Nowadays, employers may not so much call or speak to the referees you mention on your CV; but they will quickly flip over your Facebook page, to see and discern your personality, attitude, etc. Even after getting that dream job, always be measured in your usage of social media.
- Follow-up; having applied for a job in Sri Lanka is the first step; you’ll now need to follow up on the application. As aforementioned, employers tend to get confused, even overwhelmed by the numerous job applications they get. You’ve got nothing to lose by trying to conduct a follow-up; find out who the hiring manager was, connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, try making inquiries, and so on so forth.