Do you find applying for a new job intimidating or overwhelming? You’re not alone! Many job seekers struggle with questions like, “how do I know this role is right for me?” and, “how can I be sure my application shows my strengths?” Luckily, our recruiters have shared some insider tips on effectively applying to jobs at UPMC, so you can feel more confident as you go through the application process.

Tip #1: Research the Job

When you’re on the hunt for a job, it’s important to thoroughly look over and understand the position before applying. Things like job qualifications, responsibilities, work hours, and even benefits and salary range are all important to review before clicking that “Apply Now” button. Ask yourself, “Do I meet these minimum qualifications?” and “Is this a job I can see myself succeeding in?” Asking these types of questions can help you narrow down which jobs might be worth pursuing and give you valuable insight you can reference in an interview.

Tip #2: Be Realistic

It’s important to be realistic about the roles you’re applying to. Look for jobs that fit your experience and skill level at the time of applying. For example, applying to a manager role that requires three years of experience is likely not going to be the best fit for someone who just graduated from college. Understanding which roles fit within your experience level and qualifications gives you a better chance of landing a job that is right for you.

Tip #3: Update and Review your Resume

This may seem simple, but some job seekers don’t realize how important it is to update and review their resumes before applying to each job. Some key areas to consider when reviewing:

  • Check the dates on your resume to make sure they’re accurate.
  • Check for spelling errors. It’s important to make sure you’re showing your best work!
  • Read job descriptions carefully and tweak your resume to accentuate the skills and abilities most relevant toeach position.

For more great resume tips, check out our resume writing post!

Tip #4: Apply with Confidence

Once you’ve found a position you’re interested in, researched the job thoroughly, and tweaked your resume, it’s time to apply. Although, it’s important to apply to positions that fit your experience level, don’t be afraid to apply to positions where you meet the minimum qualifications but only a few of the preferred skills. Requirements are different from preferences, so applying to positions that might be a further reach is perfectly acceptable. Just be sure to include examples of your work ethic and ability to learn new skills in your applications. Show recruiters why you would succeed in this role even though you may not have all the preferred skills right now.

Tip #5: Be Patient with the Process

Applying to jobs can get discouraging when you’re not having much luck. Although it’s never easy to go a few weeks without hearing from a recruiter or to receive a rejection letter, it’s important to be patient and continue to apply to positions in order to give yourself the best chance at finding that perfect fit. And remember, our selection timelines can vary a lot form one position to another, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear something for a little while. That doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t in consideration!

Tip #6: Be Available and Follow Up

After applying to a job, don’t forget about it. Writing down which job you applied to, what department it’s in, the salary, and if and when you followed up will help you be successful through the application process. Here are a few tips to follow after you apply:

  1. Be patient with recruiters and hiring managers. Some recruiters are reviewing many applicants and aren’t able to follow up with each candidate about their applications. In the meantime, check the status of your application by going to the “My Jobpage” tab of your applicant profile.
  2. If a job post states that they are looking to hire someone right away, make sure you’re always available. You never know when a recruiter will reach out, so being available to talk about the position will give you a better chance at getting that job.
  3. If you missed a call from a recruiter, returning the call and leaving a detailed message is important. Recruiters speak to a lot of candidates, so keeping them straight can be difficult. Include your first and last name, the position you’re following up about, and your phone number in your message so recruiters can find your information and get back to you more quickly.

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