Should you apply online? The age old question I guess eh? Do you send in your resume thought the online application and hope it’s not a black hole?

Short answer? Yes. Long answer? Hell yes.

This isn’t really rocket science but when you are applying for a job, you have to cover your based and do anything and everything you can to get an interview. Applying online is one of those bases and honestly at most places it’s not a black’d just not the BEST way to get into company. As we all know by now....the best way to find a job is through referrals (ahem, NETWORKING!) 

Applying online will do a couple of things for you and they are important...

- Get you “into the system” - Most companies use some sort of applicant tracking software. You will need to be in the system to go through the hiring process. Do your recruiter a favor and send the application in online. Less data entry for recruiters, means more happy people recruiting.

- Other jobs - Um, yeah...that’s right. Recruiters frequently run a quick search on their internal database when a new role comes open. You’re in the system, they need a person like you and voila you have a new gig.

- Multiple views - Applying online usually allow you to apply for multiple roles.....usually being seen by multiple recruiters. Remember, the goal here is to get the interview and then get hired. The more folks see your resume/experience, the better.

That’s it, short and sweet. Based on this and my other tips, here is my quick plan for doing all you can to get into a target company:

1) Apply online
2) Network w/ current employees you know
3) Network w/ current employees you DON’T know...
4) Meet some recruiters
5) Rinse and repeat steps 2-5 until you have an offer

Until next time, have a great week and good luck!!
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Comment by Valentino Martinez on August 25, 2011 at 1:27pm


I agree for your stated reasons, and will add that all job applicants not only should be applying “online”—they must apply online to get into an employer’s resume database to be considered an “official job applicant”.  

Some companies won’t interview you if you’re not in their Applicant Tracking System (ATS).  Why?  Employers are motivated by EEOC/OFCCP to treat/handle all job applicants the same (fairly).  Not doing so can attract fines and penalties for employers who have a track record of hiring “backdoor” candidates who essentially did not come in the front-door so to speak.

And Jeffrey it is “Viola” and “not rocket science” when the online job application system is user friendly and “works”.  Buttt, “Viola” my hiney, when it doesn’t work…because it can become rocket science or something worse when the system is not user friendly.  And yes, some HR types chuckle and reason, “If a job applicant cannot navigate our ATS they shouldn’t be working for us.”  This is arrogance that can work against you if your ATS becomes a hellish expereince--sufficient enough to attract complaints.

Comment by Marianne De Leonardis on August 25, 2011 at 1:36pm
I especially agree with pt 5: rinse and repeat!  Although I've never heard it put this way, so important to remind candidates to keep the networking going and keep face with the target company of your dreams.  Thanks for this!
Comment by jeffreytmoore on August 25, 2011 at 1:45pm
Thanks for the comments guys, great insights.  EEOC and OFCCP are HUGE times :)


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