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By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services
It’s 11:33 p.m. on a Friday evening, and you are zealously typing away at your keyboard. You’re on a time crunch to get
Many people can thrive under this type of pressure and are perfectly capable of turning in projects in a short period of time. However, burning the midnight oil may not be the best method to employ when you are applying for a new position.
If you discover a position that you intend to apply for, it’s in your best interest to start the
Additional documentation may be required in order to complete your application.
Some organizations require additional documentation to be submitted with your job application. For example, your college transcript may be required in order to confirm your educational qualifications. If you do not have the required documentation on hand, it is imperative to allow enough time to properly generate or request these documents. Some documents, like official transcripts or military paperwork, could take several days to obtain.
The position opening could close before the proposed deadline.
The hiring organization may choose to pull the vacancy announcement early if they’ve already had a plethora of qualified applicants. Keep this possibility in mind, especially if the job announcement states that applications will be accepted on a rolling basis or that the position will remain “open until filled.” It is especially important to apply early for these positions; otherwise you’ll run the risk of losing out on a great opportunity simply because you waited too long.
Be sure to factor in additional time for a resume review.
It’s important to have another set of eyes look at
When it comes to job applications, don’t let procrastination hinder a great opportunity. Be proactive, and apply early!
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