Once upon a time, when someone wanted for a job, one had to dress up, groom oneself perfectly, and go out, with resume in hand, in search for whoever was hiring. The process usually cost the applicant’s whole day, plus whatever he/she bought to eat on the road, all for the chance of maybe landing one or two interviews. That scenario, however, is growing less and less common thanks to one simple resource: Online job applications.
In today’s world, everything is going online. Going from as little as ordering your dinner for the night, all the way to buying a new house, the World Wide Web is taking over a good percentage of our activities. And why not, if running your errands, in the comfort of your home, from your computer is so much more efficient? That which would have, a decade ago, taken someone twelve hours, would take thirty minutes or less online.
With that said, it is little surprise that Human Resources departments around the world are starting to process their applications online. Why? First of all, it saves paper that would have been used to print applications and résumés. Second, it reduces the time spent by staff answering questions about applications and anything related to them, time they can use in order to increase productivity. And last, but definitely not least, it allows the potential hires easy access to information about the company they’re looking to work for, without the waste of time and gas money that is involved in driving to the hiring site just to ask questions.
Potential employees benefit a lot from online job applications, too. With this new technology, applicants can get more information on the place they wish to work at, get answers to questions they might have about the worksite, and finish an application in the comfort of their home, without the need to waste gas or the burden of having to carry a résumé, let alone miscellaneous contact information, around. The ease of filling out an online application is such that one spends two hours applying for the same amount of jobs online that it would take half a day applying in person. As a bonus, one can apply online without worrying that their appearance reflects anything short of perfection.
Tidy up, pick out your resume, and go out job hunting. In today’s world, chances are that the first thing a site will tell a potential applicant is that applications are done online; if you can apply on-site, big surprise, you do so through a computer. Thing is, businesses go for the most effective approach, and what approach is more efficient than online job applications? True, human contact might leave a bit to be desired, but in all other aspects, filling your application online is easier and better than the alternative. So go ahead, log into your dream workplace, and take the first step toward a good career, all from the comfort of your home.