Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Sign of the Times: APPLY ONLINE

As you forge ahead on your plans for pursuing a new career, you’ll undoubtedly be faced with the challenge of filling out many online job applications. It’s true that accessibility to the Internet broadens the field of candidates competing for a particular position. At the same time though, the electronic nature of these online applications increases the chances of your application making it into a company hiring database, where your skills and experience will be more readily accessible to human resources and hiring managers.

Whether you access online job applications through our "Find Jobs" section of Career Transitions, go out direct to Internet job boards or apply directly through a company website, the good news is, many companies have finessed their online job applications to make the process easier and more consistent. The not-so-good news is that, over the course of a job search, you fill out so many online applications that you’re bound to encounter both good and bad experiences. But it’s important not to skip the application process, even if the job board or company website provides an area where you can upload an electronic version of your resume. An uploaded resume typically serves as an adjunct to the online job application. It would be a mistake for you to assume that because you’ve provided a company with your resume, you shouldn’t go through the additional step of filling in a job application. In fact, many companies require you to fill in a job application to be considered for any position, so be aware that neglecting this step could result in you NOT being considered for the position.

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