Do online applications really get you a job?

United States
August 6, 2010 4:07pm CST
I filled out about 10 applications online which is no small task considering there is also the 1/2 tests you have to complete a long with it but no calls from employers : (( Does online applications require a lot of follow up, is it more worth it to just fill out applications in-store like the more traditional way. I don't think people are really getting jobs anyway, my friends from college tell me that at least, but I don't know if employers pay as much attention to online applications or not.
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
9 Aug 10
I got answers sometimes, but not the job itself It's just saying that they receive it and will keep on file just in case it's not automated reply but it's also not a guarantee of interview I am sure they pay attention, but it's hard time for everybody these days
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Hi revellanotvanella, yes, online job applications do work. My brother was laid off his job as a compound mixer at a pharmaceutical company for more than a year. He applied online through several well-known job search sites. For months he had not offers, that was when the bottom had really fall out of the economy. He was persistent and finally he was called out of state, which takes him back to where he lived and wanted to go back to, for an interview with a company that had seen his resume online. He wasn't hired on the spot, but by the time he had driven back to where he was living, within the next few days, the company called and wanted to know if he could start within a week. He is now fully employed with benefits, and living where he wanted to live in the first place. Keep the faith, the job will come.
• India
7 Aug 10
i dont think online applications really get you a jo
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
7 Aug 10
I got a call a couple weeks ago from a company that saw my resume online. Unfortunately, they would only hire people who had the flu vaccine so I had to pass. I think you'd have more luck submitting directly to companies you want to work for but it does work. The reason I've only gotten one call is that there are very, very few jobs where I live and most of them are ones that I physically cannot manage.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
7 Aug 10
I have never used an online application to apply for a job. I think the information would get to the employer quicker on line. I just prefer to do apply in person. I feel more comfortable and secure about my employment chances this way.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
7 Aug 10
My husband lost his job in December of 2008. He put his resume on a couple of online sites and he did get calls and emails. The job he got, four months later, was from an employer who saw his resume online. As a matter of fact, he's still getting emails about jobs because he never cancelled his account with these job-finding sites. It might depend on what you do and how much of a demand there is for it. My husband is a logistics engineer. He designs computer programs for HVAC systems. There's always a need for that, at least in the business sector. I'm afraid that, if you are experienced in something that many people do or have done, the competition would be much greater. I don't know what you do so I couldn't tell you. All I can say is that you have to be patient, especially these days. Good luck!
@dodo19 (27688)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
7 Aug 10
I have been able to get jobs through online applications. My husband has been applying for jobs since the end of march, and he received an email for an interview only this week. Sometimes, it just takes time. It is true that sometimes they don't lead to anything, but there are still times, when it actually does lead to something good.
@mabey1 (337)
• Romania
6 Aug 10
my brother is looking for a job online as you do, still had no luck. he hadn't gived up yet and shoudn't you either. i think in our days its much more easier for an employer to find what his looking for, after all we live in the era of information. so try to not be discurraged and there is a job wich just wits for you.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
6 Aug 10
A Polish friend of mine now works with a major company and he got his job through online application, so yes it's possible but most companies still prefer written applications. :)