These days when applying online you usually have to do more than just submit a resume, as the application process nine times out of ten also has you complete an application. But have you ever asked yourself “Is it really necessary for me to complete this application”?
Heck, we all have. Especially in times where we are unemployed, applying for several jobs, and getting no response. In some instances, there are ways around completing the application if the job is posted on CareerBuilder or Monster and you have the opportunity to just submit your resume. However, just submitting your resume could result in missing out on job opportunities because you did not fill out the application. Why you may ask?
Because most companies require an application on file for you to be considered an applicant for a position in their applicant tracking system.
Much of this requirement depends on how the organization has defined what an applicant looks like based on the OFCCP guidelines. Some organizations do not require an application to initially be considered for a position and some organizations require a complete application before you are ever considered.
Therefore the next time you apply for a job, complete the application.
However, there is a secondary question that goes along with the application process: Is it necessary for me to fill out all of the fields on the application?
The short answer: Yes.
Just like the organization may not consider an applicant for not having an application, they could potentially do the same thing if the application is not completed in its entirety. For instance, leaving off contact information, past employment history, or not signing the document could possibly knock you out.
I understand that it takes times to fill all of this information in, but whoever said finding a job was easy? So the next time you go to apply for a job, dedicate the time to complete the application and in its entirety.