by Denise Felder
It’s hard to avoid using a computer when applying for most jobs. Many companies require a person either complete an application on the company website, or use an on-site computer kiosk instead of filling out a paper application. Making mistakes when completing an online application could keep you from getting an interview.
Job seekers who are uncomfortable using computers should practice filling out online applications before submitting a real application on an employer’s website. Most online job applications ask you to input similar information. So, using a practice online application can help you get comfortable with the form. Set a timer to see how long it takes you to complete the application. The practice online application is safe and private – it does not save your personal information. Click “print” at the end of the application if you want a copy.
The practice application is a part of the STEP AHEAD web site.
Some additional tips for filling out onling job applications:
- Only apply for positions you really want. The employer’s computer system knows how many jobs you apply for.
- To help remember details, use a personal data record or a copy of a job application (pdf) that has details of your prior employment, including dates of employment, employer’s names, addresses, phone numbers, and contact information for your references.
- Finish the application as accurately and quickly as possible. The time it takes to complete your application might be included in your application record.
A job application is like a first impression on paper or online. It’s your chance to tell employers that you have the skills they need. Make sure this first impression is as positive as possible.