Messenger WhatsApp has now made a place for itself in the world of job applications. More and more companies, especially young ones, are offering this type of application, as it has many advantages for both sides. Both prospective trainees and recruiters save time and can act quickly and easily in the application process. If you also want to apply via WhatsApp, here are 5 tips that will bring you one step closer to your apprenticeship.
1. A short message is sufficient
You think that you have to send your complete application including cover letter to the recruiter on WhatsApp? That’s not true! Especially the application via WhatsApp allows you as an applicant a quick and spontaneous solution. For training companies that offer this type of application, a brief introduction of yourself is often enough. So do not write a complete cover letter. Read up on what the recruiter wants to know from you in the message. Often you will also need to send your resume as well as other documents. It can be as simple as this.
2. The quality of your application is still important
Of course, the correct spelling must also be observed when applying via WhatsApp. The smartphone’s proofreading tool is a good way to check your spelling. You can use appropriate emojis in your short message if you are applying in a creative field, for example. The attachments that you send in the form of photos should arrive at the recruiter in a good quality. Take pictures of your documents without time pressure, so you only have to select and send them. Blurry pictures that don’t show your qualifications are a no-go.
3. Quick answers underline your interest
Since you’re likely to carry your smartphone with you often, if you have messages or queries, you should respond to the hiring manager promptly, preferably on the same day. Unfortunately, if you neglect a message you received and don’t write back until three days later, it’s associated with disinterest and doesn’t reflect well on you. Especially if you’re applying on short notice, pay attention.
4. Take advantage of WhatsApp functions when you have queries
To check the status of your application, you can simply call the company or send a voice message. It’s customary to wait 14 days before asking for more information. WhatsApp allows you all these functions on one channel. Renewed contact underlines your motivation and interest in the vacant position. The recruiter sees in the calls or messages that they are associated with your profile.
5. Take care of a positive appearance
When you send a WhatsApp application, the recruiter doesn’t have an application folder with a picture of you, but he does look at your appearance on WhatsApp. Of course, you don’t have to use a professional application picture as a profile picture to convince the recruiter of your merits. If your picture is visible to all, choose an authentic one, where you stand in a positive light. Pictures with alcohol or other negative things naturally lead to a bad impression. The same caution applies to your status that you post on WhatsApp.
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