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Talent & Recruitment
Aug 1, 2009 | Will Stone lock

Many times employers ask potential employees to fill out an application online. It's the thing of the future and in a job seeker's best interest to know how to fill one out. Below are several tips that will help you stay organized and ready to complete your online job application.

Tip one:
Gather all your personal information and put it on a sheet of paper. This will make filling out the application much easier and help save time. Have this paper accessible when you fill out the online application at home or bring it with you when you apply in person.

Tip two:
Carefully read all of the instructions. Pay special attention to the boxes and lines that are required. These will probably be highlighted in some way or marked required. If you leave required spaces blank the application will send you back which can take lots of time and be confusing.

Tip three:
Thoroughly check each page before you click on the next button to make sure your information is correct. You may not be able to go back after you get to the next page of an online job application. Use spell check if you can or check spelling very carefully.

Tip Four:
If you are short on time or don't have information you need, save the application and go back to it at another time. It is a good idea to regularly save the application as you complete it in case of any computer or internet problems. Many online applications have a save feature and it is helpful if you get interrupted or need some more information to complete the application.

Tip Five:
There could be tests and questions in the middle of an application. Take your time and read them carefully. Do not rush and risk answering the question incorrectly.

Finally, make sure you read all the fine print at the end of the application so you know what you are agreeing to before you submit the completed online job application. These can include your permission for an employer to check your references, your credit, a criminal background check, a drug test and that all your answers are truthful.

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