Job Search Woes: Online Application Edition
July 23, 2014 2:04 PM Subscribe
I am just a couple weeks from receiving my bachelor's degree, and thanks to my college career counselor I feel like I now know what I'm doing when it comes to resumes, cover letters, and the interview process. I'm applying for an administrative/HR position, and the company's online application has be concerned that I don't look like as good a candidate. Should I mail the resume/cover letter in, or deliver it personally, and ignore the online app?
The bits that have made me pause so far: There is no place to insert a cover letter; only a resume (okay, I thought, I'll just combine them into a single two-page file). They then wanted to know my address (something I have not wanted to include on my resumes because I don't want to be turned down due to needing to relocate). Also, they asked about travel and offered a dropdown menu, wherein my actual answer (I'm open to travel, but it isn't necessary) is not one of the options or close to one of the offered options. Now, I've reached a page that is asking me to click one option on a bulleted list of salary requirements - I don't want to talk salary until I've got an offer, first of all, and secondly the range I think is reasonable is right between two of their options, meaning I may be either undervaluing myself or pricing myself out. Finally, the ad states they want administrative experience, which I have plenty of, but the application asks for HR-specific experience, which I do not have - but I am confident my experience carries over perfectly well. I don't want to answer "none," but I also don't want to lie. There don't seem to be many good options here.
As I feel it likely that these sorts of problems will come up again if/when I fill out another similar form, I figured I'd get the opinion of some others who have been doing this longer than I have. Should I go ahead and fill out the application as-is, and hope for the best? Or turn in my high-quality resume and cover letter directly to the office, and only fill out the online app if I'm specifically told to do so?
Thanks in advance!