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Apply for a Job

Once you find a job opening, find out how apply. Be sure to check on the status of your application if you do not hear back from the employer.
Follow the steps below to apply for jobs:

Learn the different ways to apply for a job: Job listings should tell you how the employer would like to receive applications.

Step 1: Job Application Methods

You can apply for a job in person, at a kiosk and/or online.

When creating a resume or filling out a job application, be sure that your information is error free. If you do not have a word processor on your computer, online spell checkers allow you to paste in your work and then run a spell check. To make corrections as you write, type your work right into the spell checker.

Step 2: Apply for the Job

Find a job opening and apply for the job. Do this in-person, by mail or online. Use the Job Search Record to keep track of jobs you apply for.

Before You Apply:

Be sure to read the requirements of a job carefully. Only respond to those jobs that match your skills, background and qualifications. The closer your skills and abilities match what the employer is looking for, the more likely you are to get an interview.

Job Application Tips:
  • Your cover letter and resume should be targeted to the specific position. Include key skills and abilities listed in the job posting that you have. Emphasize how your skills and abilities will benefit the employer.
  • Find out the name of the person who is hiring and how they would like to receive cover letters, resumes and/or applications
  • If you drop by a business to complete an application without an appointment, dress appropriately. You may meet the person who is hiring for the job you want.
  • Be prepared for a brief on-the-spot interview. Keep in mind, the first impression you make on potential employers

    Businesses with jobs and employees that may or may
    not be hiring.

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    is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. Find out what business clothes are appropriate for that job and dress in a similar way. Read the Frequently Asked Questions about applying for a job (below).
  • Bring your own pen.
  • Bring your personal information along so you can complete the application.
  • Never leave blanks. Include skills that match the job opening.
  • Know what days and hours you can work.

Step 3: Follow-Up after Applying for a Job

If you do not hear from the employer within one week, be sure to follow up. Ask the employer if they have any questions for you. Ask if they need more information about your skills and abilities. You can also ask if the position has been filled.

  • If you applied for the job in person, contact the employer 3 - 5 days after submitting your resume.
  • If you applied for the job by mail, contact the employer 5 - 7 days after submitting resume.

If you are not being considered for the job, have someone else look at your resume. Google yourself online to see if you are tagged in any non-professional information. Think about your experiences and decide if you should do things differently the next time you apply for a job.

How do I apply for a job?

Step 1. Create a resume. By creating a resume you have a document with all of your work history, experience, and references in one place. Although not every job requires a resume, it will help if you have one. Filling out an application will be much easier if you have a resume with you.

When you apply for a job, be sure to include a cover letter with your resume. Your cover letter should be specific to the job you are applying for. It should outline why you are submitting a resume, draw attention to your background experiences and display a positive attitude

Attitude is defined as a mental disposition with regard
to a fact or state (a helpful attitude) or a feeling
or emotion toward a fact or state.

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. A cover letter may share important information that is not available in the resume. Be sure to have a couple of friends proofread both your cover letter and your resume. Do this before turning them in to a potential employer.

Step 2. Find out about the hiring process. Use a search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, to find the business' website. The business may part of a chain, which means they have more than one location. To apply, find the business nearest to you or a link on their website titled employment, jobs or careers to find the online application.

Some businesses do not have an online application form. You may want to call and ask an informed question if this happens. Tell them you are interested in a position, be specific.Tell them that you have searched their website for an online application. Ask what their hiring procedure is. They may ask that you come in to complete an application. If they do, find out what the best time is for you to stop in. When you return a completed application, ask to speak to the hiring manager so you may personally hand them your resume. Introduce yourself with a firm handshake and offer your resume.

Still looking for a place to apply? Search for jobs using Indeed. Enter your ZIP Code and narrow your results by keyword to find jobs in your area.

How do I post my resume online?

Use caution when selecting resume posting sites, or when responding to job ads. Any personal information you post online could be used in the wrong way. Appropriate personal information to have on a website includes a professional profile and summary of your skills and experience. Never include your Social Security Number. Remove personal opinions or photographs (unless the job application requires photos).

Protect your privacy by carefully choosing which web sites to post your resume on. An impressive or well-known site is not a guarantee of security. Many of these sites sell information to anyone willing to spend a spend small amount of money. You may experience some of the following negative results if you're not careful of which resumes posting sites to use: Your identity can be stolen.
 You may receive spam

Mass mailing over the internet by sending promotional
messages to practically everyone whose email address
is known, without asking for anyone’s permission.

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and/or unwelcome mail. Head-hunters or job recruiters may sell your information without your permission or knowledge. Your resume may be given to people and places you don't approve of. You may be forced to reveal too much personal information.
    Review the following criteria before selecting a resume posting site:

    • Read the fine print in their privacy policy.
    • Be certain your resume will not be sold or sent to other sites.
    • Select sites that do not require personal information. Including your:
      • name,
      • address,
      • Social Security Number (SSN),
      • date of birth (DOB),
      • personal e-mail address, or
      • phone number.
    • Select only a few sites. Choose sites that cover jobs related to your field and in your local area.
    • Keep track of where you post your resume online. Create a job search folder and track web addresses and site names.
    When you post your resume online, do NOT include your references. This is to protect their privacy. You can simply write on your resume that references are available upon request. By doing this, you are making sure that your references' information is safe. You also avoid the chance of losing their permission to use them as a reference in the future.

    If you are currently employed, be aware that your employer may be looking through resume posting sites. Remember, it is possible to be fired if you are seen as disloyal. Protect yourself from this possibility by not putting your personal information on a website. Avoid listing the name of your current employer, company name, phone number, address or e-mail address. If you receive replies to your online resume, make certain it is from a legitimate business. Do not provide ANY personal information or send any money.

    What are the different types of applications?

    Job applications may come in paper form. They may also be filled out at a computer kioskAn interactive computer terminal available for public
    use, as one with Internet access or site-specific
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    . Job applications typically require the same information. Read potential application questions and prepare answers in advance.

    Some jobs may require potential employees to take a quiz. A quiz may be in paper form or come right after filling out personal information at a computer kiosk. Quiz questions include different workplace scenarios

    An imagined sequence of possible events, or an imagined
    set of circumstances. 

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    and how you would handle them. They may also include some basic math questions so be sure to brush up on your basic skills. Take one or more basic skills online courses to help you prepare to answer questions.

    How do I complete a job application?

    When you apply for a job you are usually asked to fill out a job application. You may be asked to complete an application even if you have already given them a resume and cover letter. By submitting an application, the employer has a signed record of your personal and employment history.

    Information you'll need to fill out an application:

    • Schools and dates you attended
    • Names and addresses of previous employers, if you have had a job before
    • Dates of employment
    • List of your skills and accomplishments
    • References (can be neighbors or teachers but not friends)
    • Resume
    • Days and hours you are available to work

    Read and follow application instructions carefully. Take a few minutes to look at the application before you begin.

    Complete the application as neatly as possible. Your application is a reflection of you. So neatness and legibility count. Use black or blue ink. Consider using an erasable pen. Or take some "white-out" to fix minor mistakes. Don't fold or bend the application.

    Don't leave any blanks. Employers want the same information from all job applicants. There might be some questions that do not apply to you. For these, simply respond with "not applicable," or "n/a." Do not write "see resume" when completing the application. You may attach your resume to the application.

    Always answer questions truthfully. Be aware that many applications ask why you left your last job. You should try to be as positive as possible. Even if you were fired or the company downsized! You can leave longer explanations for the interview. Some experts suggest writing "job ended" as the reason you left your last job.

    Proofread your application before giving it to the employer. It is important that your job application is complete, error free, and accurate.

    How do I apply for a part-time job?

    Part-time jobs typically do not require a resume or cover letter. Most only require filling out a job application form. Many businesses have an online application form. Some use paper applications that you fill out and return and some use computer kiosks. Be sure to take all of your information with you so you can fill out the entire application.

    In some cases, the business may want to interview you on the spot. So, when applying in person be dressed in business casual clothing. Typical work attire includes wearing khakis and a polo shirt. Or wear black pants with a dress shirt. The business needs to know that you are responsible, professional, and ready to work.

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