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Asked by Abbi on September 9, 2017

I have applied online to dozens of internships and full time positions for which I am qualified based on the posted job descriptions, necessary skills, and preferred skills. I have yet to even earn an interview from a position I applied to online. Are jobs that are posted online typically filled by online applicants? How can I improve an online application?

Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on September 13, 2017

I cannot really say much on why you are not receiving feedback or call-backs since I do not have access to your resume.  You may want to attend a resume clinic at your local unemployment department or research resume building advice in Jobipedia.com site.  If you would like, feel free to send me your resume, I can review it and provide honest feedback on resume building as well.  You can reach me at Monica.Miranda@Emerson.com
Related to improving your online application - yes, definitely provide detailed and relevant information about your technical skills, experience, and soft skills as these apply to the position you desire.  Don't stop there - network within your industry and community, get to know people in the companies you are interested in working.  You want to have competitive advantage over the hundreds of online job seekers fighting for that one job you so much desire, so look for ways outside of the virtual world to interact with the organizations you are interested in.

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Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on November 14, 2017

 I am wondering if this has something to do with your resume. Have you ever gone to a resume building workshop? That may be a good idea- someone should be able to assist you with creating a strong resume that is more appealing to employers. I would also recommend that you reach out to folks at the organizations that you're interested in on LinkedIn. Connecting with employers shows another level of interest than simply applying. You may leave a lasting impression.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on February 14, 2018

Not getting selected for an interview can be frustrating but don't let it discourage you. Some companies receive hundreds of qualified applicants for internship positions, so the application process can be very competitive. I would recommend that you first start with getting feedback on your resume. Your resume is the first impression you make on an employer so it is vital that you have a solid resume to help you stand out. Don't be afraid to ask your peers or colleagues for feedback on your resume. Or, your university career center is also a great resource. I would also recommend including your GPA and anticipated graduation date. If a position has set requirements for GPA and school year, you could be disqualified if an employer cannot find this information on your resume.
I would also keep in mind that some employers look for a candidate with well-rounded experience. While you may have the technical skills and coursework, employers also want to see that you have interpersonal and sometimes leadership skills. You can demonstrate this through your extra-curricular involvement. I would ensure that you have some type of on-campus involvement, volunteer experience, leadership, etc. This can help you stand out as a candidate.
Good luck!

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