Online Applications

Olivia Bult, Staff Writer

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You would think that when finding a potential employee for your business there would be a long list of things to look for: someone who is professional, level-headed, articulate, friendly, mature and over all tolerable- almost none of which can be determined without physically meeting with this person. However within the new world of the Internet and virtual experience it is more likely to find a job application online rather than roaming the streets for a business in need. From what I have gathered, in the olden days if you could do a job and were likable enough, you were hired. These days in jam-packed cities with thousands of adolescents looking for work you are forced to compete in the form of a specifically structured set of words meant to describe you to the best of their faulty ability, read through a screen that knows nothing of tone or personality. What this means for me, an inexperienced high school student with amateur computer skills, is that my complete lack of relevant experience for any job that I want to apply for online (which happened to be my only option for over half of the places I walked into) could utterly destroy any chance of me attaining the job despite my actual ability to do it. This, although seemingly avoiding the injustice of discrimination, presents a new type of discrimination in itself. It presents the standard of having had experience in order to deserve a second look, let alone an interview.

So where do you start? If you have never had a job and you’re looking for your first one, but nobody wants to hire you because you have no experience. Why is it that perfectly capable young people are finding it impossible to obtain work simply because they are refused the opportunity to prove themselves? Do businesses have the right to look past applications that seem ridiculously plain? Yes. Would they find something useful in this person had they met with them and had a conversation? Possibly. I believe that the world is becoming too dependent on the convenience of the Internet and people are forgetting the value in face-to-face human interaction. I did, eventually, find a job because I walked into a restaurant just before my boss was about to post an ad online for the position I was applying for. He interviewed me thoroughly and decided that I was mature and independent enough to do the job despite having no restaurant experience, which he never would have known had I been a day later applying online. I hope that people will always have opportunities like these to present themselves and their personalities rather than a small fraction of their past, and that the inaccuracy of resumes will be recognized by employers who do only accept applications online.

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Online Applications