How to Fill out a Job Application Online

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In today's technologically advanced society, many employers and job seekers alike have found that it is easier to fill out an application on the Internet. Not only is this more convenient, but it allows employers to reach a broader range of potential employees. Here are some tips to consider when it comes to filling out a job application online.

  • Have your personal information ready. Information that may be needed on an application include past employment, references, driver's license number, education, etc. It is best to have this information readily available to ensure the process goes much faster. If you have this on a resume, have a copy on hand to refer to as needed.

  • Find applications. If you have a specific place in mind, look for the job application on the employer's Web site. Typically, these can be found at the bottom of the page under career or job opportunities. You will find that many companies have switched over to online applications. Make a list of businesses in your area and check for job applications on their Web site. Some employers will have specific positions for in which you can apply, while others just have a blanket application.

  • Remember to fill in the necessary information. These will be clearly marked and a job application cannot be submitted until they are filled out. Normally, an application requires your first and last name, birth date, phone number, address, email address, social security number and even driver's license number.

  • Have proper contact information. Remember to include a phone number that you have access to at all times. For most people, this is a cell phone and if you plan to list a cell phone, be sure it's reliable and the outgoing message is simple and professional. An email address or physical address can also be used to inform someone of their application status.

  • If an employer has a section for a resume to be uploaded, include yours. This is mostly optional, so don't feel pressured into adding one. It might have the same or similar information, but resumes are still a good thing for employers to have on file.

  • Be honest! Employers do not like it when you provide false information. If you are flat out lying, they will most likely know that when going over the application. Employers can also check up the information that you have provided through a variety of means, including Web sites that offer background checks and your local legal system. In fact, many companies already take this step as standard procedure.

  • Double check your application before submitting it. It is best to make sure that you didn't misspell a word or forget a digit in your phone number.

  • Try to complete your application during one sitting. If you do not have enough time to start the application, do it when you do have the time. This will prevent you from forgetting about the application and leaving it unfinished. If you do have to stop for some reason, check to see if the application has a save feature.

  • Check your email after submitting your application. For most employers, you will get a confirmation email. This will just let you know that the application has been received. Keep this email for future reference.

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