The days of merely submitting an application online for a retail job and hoping to get a call back from the company are long gone. There are so many job applicants for every open position these days that although you may get lucky once in a while and get a call back because you fit the criteria they expect, for the most part, you have to do some following up of your own if you want to stand apart from the rest of the people who apply online.
This is not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination. People have been submitting their application online for years and following up on their submissions. At the same time, many people in the past have never bothered to follow up hoping to get a call back from the respective company and becoming disappointed when the call has not arrived.
What you can do to make your application online really count
In order to make your application online as effective as possible. You have to get out there and do some leg work of your own. You can’t just simply submit an application anymore and count on getting a call back within a few days. This calls for more drastic measures than ever. You need to make a plan of attack so that you can visit the stores you would like to apply to in person well before you submit your application. This will give you a clear advantage over other applicants because you will meet the major players face to face and when you submit your application they will be able to match you to the actual app.
It all comes back to one of the most basic principles in trying to find a job; networking. By visiting the stores and meeting people you are actually networking in its simplest form. Once you meet a supervisor you can politely let them know that you are going to fill out and submit an application on the Internet and that you hope to hear back from them sometime soon. You can also express to them how badly you want this job so that you can get your career going.
Once you submit your application online, you can give it about 2 to 4 days before you start following up in person. A common mistake most people make is to follow up through the phone and this is going to lead to disaster. There are simply way too many people trying to do the same thing as you and if you go there in person it shows far more initiative than just picking up the phone and dialing the number.