The Best Ways to Apply for Jobs

Types of Job Applications and The Best Ways to Apply

Do you need to start a job search, but aren't sure how to go about applying for jobs?  How you apply for jobs depends on the type of position you are seeking, and how the company accepts applications. 

In many cases, you'll be able to apply online or email your job application.  In others, especially for part-time, hospitality, and retail positions, you can apply in person.  Here's information on the best ways to apply for jobs, where to look for jobs, how to apply for jobs, and the best sites to use to job search.

Apply for Jobs Online

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Before you start applying for jobs online it's important to prepare to complete online job applications and to gather all the information you'll need to apply.  

In order to apply for a job online and to complete online job applications, you'll need an email address to use for job searching, Internet access, an up-to-date resume, a cover letter for some jobs, and your employment history details. More

Email Job Applications

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When you are using email to apply for jobs, all your communications should be as professional as they would be if you were sending written correspondence.  Your email messages need to be properly formatted and should include a relevant subject line and your signature.  Here's advice on how to submit job applications via email. More

Apply for Jobs on Company Websites

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Company websites are among the best sources of job listings, especially if you know what companies you are interested in working for. You can go directly to the source and search for and apply for jobs online directly on many company websites. At most company sites, you can apply for all level positions online - from part-time hourly jobs to top management positions. More

Apply for Jobs In Person

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Before you apply for a job in person, you need to know what to bring when you apply, the information you'll need to complete a job application, how to prepare for an on the spot interview, and how to follow up after you have applied for jobs.  Here's how to apply for jobs in person. More

Apply for Part Time Jobs

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Applying for a part time job is a little different from applying for a full-time professional position. Here's how to apply for a part time job, along with tips and advice for finding part time jobs. More

Apply for Summer Jobs

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Here's how to search for and apply for summer jobs, along with the information you will need to apply, summer job search tips, and advice on where to look to find a terrific summer job. More

How to Follow Up After Applying for a Job

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You have applied for a job with a company you'd like to interview with and you haven't heard back right away. What do you do next? You can either wait patiently, presuming the employer will contact you if they are interested, or you can choose to follow-up with the employer. More

How to Reapply for Your Job

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It is not unusual for companies to formally their employees to reapply for a job after a merger or acquisition. It can also happen when a company is downsizing and layoffs are planned. Here are tips for how to reapply for a job with your current employer. More

Job Application Guide

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This job application guide includes information on how to complete a job application, paper job applications, online, and employer direct applications. More

Job Application Tips

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Before you complete a job application, either online or in-person, it's important to have all the information you need to complete the application on hand. Review these job application tips to be sure you're prepared to submit an application for employment. More

Sample Employment Applications

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Review sample employment application forms, then download a copy, print, and fill it out so you know what information you need to have ready to apply for jobs. More

Where to Find Job Listings

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Here are the best sites to find job listings including job search engine sites, job boards, company websites, niche job sites, social media and professional networking sites, jobs listed by type of job seeker and location, and more top job listing sites. More