You can apply for a job in person, at a kiosk and 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. You can also type your work right into the spell checker for corrections as you write.
Find a job opening and apply for the job. Do this in-person 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.
When filling out an application, include your skills that match the job opening. Be prepared to list what days and hours you can work.
Job Application Tips:
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.
Contact the employer within a week, if you have not already heard from them. Ask the employer if they have any questions for you. Ask if they need more information about your skills and abilities. You may also ask if the position has been filled.
- If you applied for the job in person, contact the employer 3 - 5 days after you gave them your resume.
- If you applied for the job by mail, contact the employer 5 - 7 days after you sent your 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 to decide if you can do things differently next time you apply for a job.
The first step
in applying for any job is creating 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 you 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 unique to the job you are applying for. It should outline why you are submitting a resume, It should draw attention to background experience, 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.
. 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. The next step
is to find out about the hiring process of the business. Use a search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, to find the business' website. You may find that the business is part of a chain. This means they have more than one location. They may be located across the country. From the home page, try to find the local business to which you want to apply. From the local home page, find a link titled employment, jobs, or careers. Many businesses have an online application form. 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 the resume.
Still looking for a place to apply? Find a list of potential employers
. Enter your ZIP Code and then select an occupation to see the employers in your area.
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. Include a summary of your skills and experience. Never include your Social Security Number. Remove personal opinions or photographs (unless the job application requires photos).
The first step in protecting your privacy is to carefully choose which web sites to post your resume on. An impressive or well-known name is not a guarantee of security. Many of these sites sell your information to anyone willing to spend a spend small amount of money. If you're not careful about which resume posting sites you use, you may experience some of the following negative results:
Review the following criteria before selecting a resume posting site:
- Be certain your resume will not be sold or sent to other sites.
- Select sites that do not require personal information. Including your:
- 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. Include information, such as the web address and site name, in a job search folder.
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.
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. Never list the 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.
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
. 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.
and how you would handle them. They may also include some basic math questions. Brush up on your basic skills. Take one, or more, basic skills online courses to help you prepare to answer questions.
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)
- 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 you why you left your last job. You should try to be as positive as possible. Even if you were fired or 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.
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 businesses use paper applications that you may fill out and return.Other businesses have a computer kiosk where you can fill out a job application. Be sure to take all of your information with you so you can fill out the entire application.
When you visit the business to apply, be sure you appear as if you are going for an interview. In some cases, the business may want to interview you right then. So dress for the job 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.