Cost Effective Methods or Free!
Many companies offer an easy process to receive online apps via their website in the “contact us" or “about us" web page or simply offer a link directly from their home page to complete the job application--see the screenshot to the right. If you do include an employment or job app link, it’s also a good idea to list any job openings. If there are none, state you will keep the app on file if a job becomes available suiting the submitting candidate.
Many websites offer online forms for free. Zoho (link in reference section) offers unlimited HTML forms so easy to build (no HTML experience needed) and have a ready-made job application form as seen in the screenshot to the right.
One nice feature of the Zoho job application is it allows the candidate to upload his resume, making the process much easier.
Or, your webmaster or web building tools can aid you in creating a section such as this—just keep in mind the area that allows additional information for the actual resume upload must allow for enough characters to hold the average resume of one to two pages.
Or, most website building tools offer a way for you to design your own online job application form which allows for the candidate to also sign the form electronically. It also includes a statement about credit, driving or background checks the potential employee must agree to via the signature. And an online signature has been deemed to be as legal as a handwritten signature if the sender accepts the terms. An example of one company utilizing such website building tools is Meyer Oil Company (link to job app in reference section).
From there, human resource personnel can skim through the apps to find candidates who qualify for any open jobs.