Resumes vs. Employment Applications

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Many job seekers mistakenly believe the resume and the application (whether in print or online), are one in the same. That isn''t the case. The resume and the application each serve a distinct and important purpose during the job search. That''s the reason you are required to complete an application even after you’ve submitted a resume.
The biggest differences between the two documents include the following:
A number of job seekers believe they can simply write "see resume" on their application instead of completing the form. Avoid that move for two reasons.
The impression you want to give during the hiring process is of someone who is thorough, cooperative, and savvy to the rules of the game. Doing so will bring you one step closer to a job offer.

Author Linda Matias is certified in all three areas of the job search - Certified Interview Coach (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW).  She is a contributing writer to over 15 career-related books.  You can visit her website

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