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4 Job Search Alternatives To Applying Online

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The process of job searching has nearly turned upside-down over the past decade thanks to the Internet and changes that have accompanied newer technology. One of the major adjustments we’ve witnessed is the manner in which employers accept applications.

Primarily, companies require candidates to submit applications via their online systems to improve convenience for all parties involved. But believe it or not, if you’re serious about getting a callback, applying online simply isn’t good enough.

Job Search Alternatives To Applying Online

Here are some job search alternatives to applying online:

Getting Back To Application Basics

The process of applying for a job has always been a bit of a tedious one, which is why many candidates—and employers for that matter— felt a sense of relief when new programs emerged that allowed applicants to submit their materials over the Internet.

Unfortunately, turning in applications online is an impersonal process that results in some resumes never being viewed by human eyes. As a valuable candidate, your job is to ensure a person has the opportunity to see your resume. And while this may not be possible when submitting via the Internet, it becomes easier if you get back to application basics by turning in resumes the old-fashioned way: in person.

Additional Ways to Apply for Jobs

Are you curious about some alternate ways to apply for jobs when you’re accustomed to taking the online route? Here are a few to consider:

1. Mail Your Resume

One way to make sure you stand out from other applicants vying for a position you want is to send your resume via snail mail. Better yet, overnight it so that it shows you’re serious about having it seen by a person.

2. Apply Via Fax

Another option to consider is sending your resume and additional documents via fax. But before doing so, it’s important that you speak with a company representative to not only find out to whom you should address the fax to but also to ensure that it will be picked up.

3. Drop Your Resume Off With The Employer

If you’ve heard about a potential position or simply want to inquire about opportunities, you can make cold visits to companies where you stop in, ask to see a hiring manager or recruiter and, at the very least, drop off your resume with a human being.

4. Attend A Job Fair

Finally, a great way to not only put your resume in a company representative’s hands but also increase your chances of scoring an interview on the spot, is by visiting a job fair. These events provide job seekers with an amazing opportunity to use charisma to their advantage before ever being called into an interview. Don’t miss your chance to do the same!

It’s always good to remember if an employer carries strict submission guidelines, then you want to adhere to them specifically. But if there’s room to use an alternate route for submitting your application, then by all means, take the extra steps needed to get your resume in front of human eyes.


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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter.

3 comments

  1. Good ideas Jessica.

    One tip that all job seekers must know – never apply for a job, online or in person, if it is not for you. Review the job description clearly and only apply if it speaks clearly of who you are, what you have done, can do and totally want to do. If you don’t 100% feel the job is for you, neither will the hiring manager and no special dancing, formatting or delivery method will get you that job.

    However, if the job description is clearly you – I offer, if there is any way you can get the chance to speak with the hiring manager In Person, you’re more likely to score an interview.

    Thanks for sharing Jessica

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