This part cannot be overemphasized. People extend employment opportunities out of necessity and want to hire people that appear trustworthy and reliable and there is no better way to have someone gain trust in you than by making personal contact a few times. Of course, no one’s going to fully trust anybody knowing them for such a short amount of time but think of it this way; if you visit and make contact with your future employer three times within three weeks and all the other applicants merely apply online who do you think has the advantage in getting hired?
Once the application has been submitted it becomes your job to follow up in a systematic way by staying organized and calling and visiting your potential employer once a week until you get hired the job has been filled. It is far too easy to sit and wait by the phone expecting the call from the company to come, but this method rarely works these days. Sure, you may get a call back, but during those three weeks you have been waiting for an interview I can guarantee you there have been at least a handful of applicants who have visited the place of business a few times, giving them an advantage over you by making contact in person.
First impressions are long-lasting, and the easiest way to succeed at it is to mind your appearance before you make your visit in person. Start with a good haircut; get a salon cut if you can afford it. If you are a woman, make sure you do not cake on excessive makeup; if you are male make sure you are clean-shaven. Wear clean and crisp clothing every time you visit the place of business. Making a great impression before or after submitting an application online to your target company couldn’t be easier as long as you remember you want to appear as clean-cut as possible and as long as you are personable and friendly.