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Struggling with online applications?

The Hiring Process


I just don’t get these online applications! It takes forever to type them out, and then you never hear back from the company anyway. Why can’t I just walk into companies like I used to, and walk out with a job?


Ah, the good old days… Sadly, those days are gone forever.

The reason you have to do online applications is that they are the only way many employers will deal with you nowadays. We don’t have to like employers’ methods of hiring, but we do have to abide by them if we want a job.

Fortunately, there is help available. The first step is to come to Workforce Services’ class, Conquer Online Applications. You’ll get lots of information on how to format your resume, how to make it appealing to employers, and how to get the Applicant Tracking Systems to choose you. (The Applicant Tracking Systems sift the hundreds of resumes that any employer gets for each job opening. They look for the keywords that appear in the job lead.) Note: there are two pre-requisites to attending Conquer Online Applications: you must have your resume with you on a CD or flash drive, and you must have an email account you can use in class. If you lack either of these things, talk to the Resource Desk staff at least a few days before class.

But even better help than that is available to you. Consider doing your online applications in the FCWS Resource Room. The Resource Desk staff are available anytime FCWS is open to help if you get stuck. The people who work in the Resource Room deal with online applications all day, every day. They have seen everything. You will be hard pressed to come up with a problem they haven’t solved, probably this week.

The past is not coming back. It’s a waste of your time to wish for it. Step into the brave new world of online applications. Once you get used to them, you might even like them.


About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.