In today’s technological world, many companies have their job applications online. In many cases, companies have stopped offering paper applications all together. This presents a choice for nurses searching for new employment; paper application or online application? Some say that the days of “pounding the pavement” for jobs are over. In some areas this may be true. The biggest advantage to paper applications is that potential employers can put a face with your name and application. Submitting applications in person also has the opportunity to lead to an on the spot interview. While these are not common and impossible to predict, they can often lead to immediate employment. Online applications are the way of the future and in this nurses opinion they are the way to go. Online applications have several advantages over paper applications.
Apply at your convenience: Online applications can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and from anywhere you have internet access.
No traveling: Unlike paper applications which require a trip to the facility, online applications can be completed at home. This means no money and time spent traveling, paying for gas, etc.
No limit on number of applications: Online applications are unlimited, they can never run out. Imagine going to a facility and asking for a paper application and being told they are out. Most likely you will be told “just apply online.” This can be frustrating and time consuming; making you wonder why you wanted to apply in person in the first place.
Reduced errors: No matter how carefully you fill out a paper application it is sometimes impossible not to make a mistake. More importantly you may not catch a mistake before turning in the application. When filling out online applications you are often alerted to incomplete fields or potential errors. Having one more check for accuracy never hurts.
Faster: Online job applications are simply faster than submitting paper applications.
There are several disadvantages to online applications as well. The biggest disadvantage is often the need for the internet. While most people have computers and internet access, many still do not. This could lead to missed job opportunities. Computers freezing or crashing is always a possibility and could happen in the middle of an online application. Because they are often impossible to save, work could be lost.
How to Complete an LPN Job Application
Job applications can be lengthy and require a lot of information; it may seem they want your entire life story. This is especially true for important positions such as LPN. While this can be slightly annoying to downright time consuming, it is important to fill out job applications completely and truthfully. Not only is it unethical to lie on a job application, it is actually illegal! The fastest way to complete a job application is to make sure you have the information you think you will need before you start. Having everything readily available can greatly speed up the process.
Personal information: Name, address, phone number, email address, social security number, eligibility to work in the United States, and legal information (arrests, convictions, etc.)
Education: School(s) attended, graduation date(s), degree(s) obtained. This section contains nursing school attended as well as schools attended before LPN school such as college education and often high school education.
Certifications/Licensure: Certifications or licenses obtained, license number(s), date issued, and expiration date. This is where you list the details of your LPN license. State license number, issue date, and expiration date are usually required.
Employment history: Past employers, address, phone number, supervisor, job title, salary, dates of employment, reason for leaving, and permission to contact previous employer
References: Name, job title, employer, address, phone number, and email address. Always ask someone if you can use them as a reference for a job application. This is simply a matter of professional courtesy.
Availability: Days and hours available to work, preferred shift(s), date available to start work
Certification: This is a section of the application stating the applicant has filled out the application truthfully and to the best of their knowledge. Exact wording varies but they all require a signature if on a paper application. If filling out an online application this section is usually followed by a check box indicating the applicant understands the given text.
Some job applications require additional information to be submitted in addition to the application itself. This can include things such as:
Resume: (Sometimes spelled résumé ) a resume is basically a summary of your education, credentials, work experiences, and relevant accomplishments. There are several different types but the basic information required is usually the same. To learn how to write an LPN resume visit our guide above.
Cover letter: For professional positions such as LPN or Charge Nurse, cover letters are often submitted with job applications and resumes. A cover letter is personalized and individualized to each employer. This is basically a short, professional letter expressing your interest in a job and a short description of yourself and qualifications. Visit our resume guide for more information on cover letters including how to write one.
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