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Old 03-14-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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Hi Friends! Just wondering, to apply for one job how long does it take you?

For me.. Applying can take up to two hours, or more.. I tailor my resume and cover letter to the job description, create a profile (which is lengthy because each company has different formats) then finally hit submit.. Is there a more efficient way to apply for jobs?

p.s. What do they mean by "plain text format" with regards to submitting a resume..? Can I do this on a Mac? Thanks
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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It depends on the application. It can be as little as 5 min or as much as an hour or more. Some Fed jobs still use KSA's and those things can take hours to write.

Plain text or ASCII is a bare bones formatting that you can paste around and not have it lose its proper spacing and orientation. Copying your Linkedin profile and just doing some minor editing can produce a decent ASCII resume.

Otherwise uploading or attaching a word document generates the most elegant resume.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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Hi! Thanks for your feedback. Most of the jobs I apply for are with multinational companies in my area (corp. america jobs).
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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It depends on the application. It can be as little as 5 min or as much as an hour or more. Some Fed jobs still use KSA's and those things can take hours to write.

Plain text or ASCII is a bare bones formatting that you can paste around and not have it lose its proper spacing and orientation. Copying your Linkedin profile and just doing some minor editing can produce a decent ASCII resume.

Otherwise uploading or attaching a word document generates the most elegant resume.
If given the option, I prefer converting my Word resume into PDF to ensure that the formatting isn't lost or that my resume does not somehow become one page longer due to the layout on the HR screen.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Hi! Thanks for your feedback. Most of the jobs I apply for are with multinational companies in my area (corp. america jobs).
It really depends upon the company and how their online system is set up. Some positions only require a resume/cover letter submission whereas others require you to go through those annoying psychological tests which can take hours to complete. In those cases, they should give warning as to how long the application should take prior to you beginning it. I would have a skeleton resume and cover letter ready so that you can easily tweak it to each job versus just doing a new one from scratch for each job. Use key words that you find in the job announcement as well. Good luck.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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30-45 minutes for the low pay time wasters.
25 minutes for federal jobs
3-15 minutes for county
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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About an hour if the website doesn't require too much.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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If given the option, I prefer converting my Word resume into PDF to ensure that the formatting isn't lost or that my resume does not somehow become one page longer due to the layout on the HR screen.
I have heard from recruiters that a PDF isn't such a goo option because they can't highlight and edit stuff the way they like.

While I like the idea of a PDF because it gets rid of the squiggly spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes, I can understand their desire to get a Word document too. It's totally a lose/lose situation.

On topic, a job application usually takes me about 45 minutes to get the cover letter and resume perfect in addition to fixing things to the specifications of the company's application.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I have heard from recruiters that a PDF isn't such a goo option because they can't highlight and edit stuff the way they like.

While I like the idea of a PDF because it gets rid of the squiggly spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes, I can understand their desire to get a Word document too. It's totally a lose/lose situation.

On topic, a job application usually takes me about 45 minutes to get the cover letter and resume perfect in addition to fixing things to the specifications of the company's application.
I guess that's why I like PDF is that I would not want anyone editing my resume ... Why would recruiters even NEED to edit someone's resume?
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Average is about an hour but many times it more when you have to take their worthless tests.
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