Filling out online job applications

Many companies use an online job application form. Here are some items to have ready before you start:

Personal information

  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Social security number
  • Driver’s license or state ID number
  • Any special licensing or credential information required by the job.

Work experience

If you are coming to a library location, bring your resume with you, or have a copy you can access on the computer or your phone.

If you do not have a resume, consider creating a resume or cover letter. To do this, you will gather a list of references, education, skills and other experiences. You will need all of these when filling out an online application.

How to apply

Here are some tips for submitting an online job application.

  1. Go to the website of the company you’re interested in applying to. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Look for a link that says “Jobs” or “Careers.” Sometimes, it may say "Come work with us” or “Join our team.”
  2. Create an account before you can apply (if required). Be ready with your email address. Use a password you can remember and write it down or store it in your phone.
  3. Read all the instructions before you start.
  4. You may need to get into your email account to get an alert from the company to sign in to apply. If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder.
  5. If you see a word with a star next to it like this * it is an asterisk and it means you must fill that section out. If you get an error message or the page won’t respond, check to see that all the sections with a red asterisk are filled out.