Things Not to Do When You Apply for a Job Online
1. DON’T type lazily or in shorthand. Sometimes, our online habits win out without us even realizing it. I occasionally receive applications where the candidate's name is all lowercase. Not taking the time to capitalize the first letters of your name tells me three things: 1) You lack attention to detail; 2) You are lazy and 3) Working here is not important to you. You don’t want a recruiter to think any of those!
Many people also associate writing online with informality. But when you apply for a job online, you want to look professional and that means writing more formally. For example, for a cover letter, fill a page and use a formal heading.
2. DON’T use auto-fill to apply for positions. Sure, this makes things easier, but you’ll be trading results for ease. If you have ever looked back at the information loaded into your application when using auto-fill, you may have seen that it didn’t align correctly. Your "Position" answer might instead say which college you attended. Or prior employment dates might just show start dates
Auto-fill may also format the details of your job history in a strange or confusing way. Instead of leaving this to chance, fill in the details one at a time, double-checking as you go.
3. DON’T leave sections incomplete. It can feel redundant to upload your resumé and then type in your work history manually, so the temptation can be to leave that section blank. Don’t!
On many Applicant Tracking Systems, the information typed in for job history is more visible than the resumé, which someone would have to click to view.
Don’t forget to tailor these sections in the same way you would tailor your resumé to match the necessary keywords to really optimize your resumé.
Corporate news from Africa:
• A consortium of international business leaders is investing $1 billion in the South African and larger African economies, the lead investor ambassador Harold Doley jr announced on Thursday. The $1bn (about R14bn) investment will primarily be in technology, as a platform for diverse development, and education and agri-business.
• Zenata in Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital, will be one of the first eco-cities in Africa. Covering 1, 830 hectares in area, the project aims to meet fundamental environmental, social and economic objectives in a sustainable and integrated way.
• Swiss building materials company LafargeHolcim Ltd. (LHN.EB) said that it is talks with South African cement manufacturer PPC Ltd. (PPC.JO) regarding a possible transaction in Africa.
• South African holding company Libstar is to merge with Sonnendal Dairies in the Western Cape following approval by the country's competition watchdog.
• Harith General Partners (Harith) and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), two preeminent institutional investors based in Africa, have merged their power sector assets, expertise and experience to create a new energy entity combining both renewable and non-renewable power generating assets in Africa.