We all know that a long internship or job application can take several hours, between aptitude tests, HireVues, or personality matching quizzes. Even if you haven’t had time during this break to apply for jobs or simply want a total break in order to prevent future burnout, something that you can do while watching TV or hanging out with family is Quick Apply. Quick Apply is a method of applying to jobs and internships which requires one step: usually just submitting your resume. It requires no thought process and allows you to most efficiently get your resume and name out to tens, if not hundreds, of companies in relatively short amounts of time. Currently, this low-effort method to get lots of applications in is available on both LinkedIn and Handshake, which are both platforms that Bentley students frequently use. Here are the 3 steps to set up this extremely easy, 1-step process to help you for months or years to come.
- Make sure your profiles are tidy and complete. Add a lot of thorough information into both LinkedIn and Handshake, because this is virtually the only thing that employers will be able to see when you apply. Because students usually have great profiles already and this takes a lot less time than filling out individual applications one by one, this should be a piece of cake.
- Attach a generalized (NOT tailored) resume to your profile, that you can choose when you Quick Apply. You want to make sure that you have a resume that is updated and a good fit across most jobs that you apply to. It might not be as perfect as tailored resumes and will not maximize your chances of getting an interview because it is your generalized resume, but if it’s well-balanced and relevant to the industry and positions you’re applying for, the huge amount of time you’re saving makes up for it. Even though employers aren’t getting a personalized look at your resume as they would from a traditional application, they can always click on your profile on the platform and see the full picture of your achievements, as long as you’ve done step #1.
- On LinkedIn, look for “Easy Apply” in the “Jobs” section, and go for it. Here’s an in-depth guide. On Handshake, jobs with this feature enabled are listed as “Quick Apply” and the guidelines for that process are here.
These are simple processes that may end up getting you your next work opportunity!