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Question: Every job I want to apply for has only an application in the computer. What ever happened to paper applications? I’m very intimidated by online applications. How can I learn to use them effectively? Answer: Frederick County Workforce Services has a couple of options for you. First off, more and more companies are going to online applications. You would expect that from high-tech companies, but nowadays even places you wouldn’t think of as high-tech are doing away with paper applications. If you want to work at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Weis Markets or Toys R Us Warehouse, as well as many other relatively low-tech places, you’ll have to apply online or at a kiosk. There is no other way to do it. So how can you make your peace with online applications? One way is to come to Frederick County Workforce Services’ “e-Résumés” class. Be sure to bring your résumé with you on a diskette, rewriteable CD or flash drive. You also need to have an email account that you can use at the Business and Employment Center. (If you don’t already have an email account, come to “Email for Your Job Search,” and you will.) In addition to fighting our way through an online application, we’ll show you how to format your résumé to be used in online applications and email messages. The other piece of good news is that Frederick County Government has a practice online application. Go to the Frederick County Human Resources Department’s website (www.frederickcountymd.gov/jobs)  Click on “Miscellaneous” in the lower right corner. That will take you to a job that isn’t actually open, but it’s a link to the practice application. You can also print out instructions on how the thing works. If you want to know more, or to get a printed handout on how the practice application site works, see the Resource Desk staff person at Frederick County Workforce Services. You can do this. It takes a little know-how and a lot of attention to detail, but it isn’t rocket science. Ask for help if you need it. Don’t give up.