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Searching And Applying For Retail Jobs Online

Updated on July 28, 2010

Since its creation, the internet has radically changed the way we function as a society. The ability to share information instantly over vast distances has enabled us to modify the way we learn, the way we communicate with one another, and even the way we conduct business. Many businesses have benefited and suffered from these changes, and have worked tirelessly to adapt to the times. In addition to creating online marketplaces and other incentives for the consumer, many businesses have modified their employment application process. In the past, applying for a job meant contacting/visiting a business location which was currently advertising an open position, or filling out and dropping off an application to be considered for possible employment. While the prior statement is still true, many companies (especially retail chains) have switched exclusively to an online application process, making internet access a prime necessity in job searches. However, applying for a job online can be just as simple and efficient as applying in person, if not more so. All that is required is a computer with an internet connection, and a few simple searches to find a job that is right for you.

One of the simplest ways to find available positions is to search job listings on sites such as and CareerBuilder. These types of sites offer quick access to local job listings, and can be filtered to search for jobs of a specific field. Once you have found a potential position to apply for, you can click on it and be redirected to the company's application page. Similarly, sites such as Craigslist are a convenient way to find up to date postings of available jobs with businesses in your area.

Many companies usually list their job applications under the "Careers" or "Employment" sections of their websites. Some may require a user account to be set up for saving and revisiting submitted applications, but most will give quick access to the application process. Although the process varies by company, often times you will be required to select a nearby location to apply to and fill out an application for employment. Some may even require an attached resume, and separate applications for each location you plan on applying to. Attaching a well written resume will always increase your chances for getting chosen, so be sure to attach one whenever applicable. If the company gives the option to save an unfinished application, you may choose to fill out some information and return to finish it at a more convenient time. Otherwise, fill out the application completely and submit it for review. Once it has been submitted, you will be unable to make changes to your application, so make sure that you proofread it carefully for any spelling errors or inaccurate information.

By applying for jobs online, you will have greater access to open job opportunities and be able to fill out and submit applications faster than through traditional methods. This will give you a greater advantage in being selected for employment, and hopefully, will get you hired for the position you've been looking for. Good luck, and happy job hunting!


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    • Chuck profile image

      Chuck Nugent 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Good points. I manage a vocational training program where, in addition to technical skills, we also students how to prepare resumes, write cover letters and research jobs on the Internet. It is amazing how many of our adult students do not know how to apply for jobs online.

      Good work.


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