How to Stand Out When Applying for Jobs Online

Regardless of what questions you’re asked, craft answers that emphasize your strengths and past accomplishments.

If you had the time and inclination to design an employee-search process from the ground up, you couldn’t possibly arrive at a more ineffective hiring mechanism than the one used by nearly every employer in the U.S. today.

Instead of asking questions that target job seekers’ achievements at previous employers, recruiting systems and online applications tend to focus on dry details that won’t necessarily predict job performance. The good news is you can tailor your answers to show you’re a match for a position -- even if the pertinent questions haven’t been asked.

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Liz Ryan
Contributing Columnist,