Job Application Guide (Index)
Online Job Applications
There are thousands of websites where you can post your resume online and complete an online job application. Applicants either apply online via a job board, like Monster.com, or apply online directly at the company's web site.
In some cases, job seekers are required to register and to build an employment profile. Once you've built your profile, you can apply for jobs online and set up search agents to email you when new jobs are added to the system.
Applicants can then apply online for specific positions at any time that is convenient for them, with just a few mouse clicks. At larger employers, and on many job sites, job seekers can keep track of the positions they have applied for.
Here's more information on how to apply for jobs online.
How Online Job Application Systems Work
Some sites let you upload an existing resume with the click of a button. On other sites, you can copy and paste from your resume or use a resume builder that is incorporated into the application system.
Once you have uploaded your resume, you will be able to search for jobs that interest you and submit your application or resume with a click of your mouse.
Applying For Jobs On Company Websites
If you are interested in working for a particular company, visit their website. Career information is usually listed in the "Careers" or the "About Us" section of the site. Follow the instructions for searching for and applying to jobs online. Here's how to apply for jobs at company websites.
What You Need to Apply Online
Online application systems typically ask for your contact information, educational background and employment history. You will need to know when you worked and what you were paid at your previous jobs. You may also be asked what days and hours you are available to work.
Download a sample job application and complete it before you start your online applications. You will have all the information you need, ready to enter.
Online Employment Tests
Depending on the company, you may need to take - and pass - an online test to be considered for employment. Pre-employment tests, also called talent assessments, employment tests, or career tests, are used to help an employer identify candidates who will be a good fit for jobs at the company.
Employers (Walmart's pre-employment is an example) that utilize testing often do it in conjunction with an online job application, so you will take the test when you apply for a job. The results of the test will determine whether you are invited to interview. Read more about online employment tests and how to take them.
Check Your Application
Before you click the Submit button, it's important to double-check your application for errors. Typos and grammatical errors count, so carefully check your application. If you're not sure your spelling is correct, use Microsoft Word and spell/grammar check, then copy/paste into the online application.
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