I’ve always been very interested in the inner-workings of the Internet. It’s just the way I am. In college, I was one of those geeks sitting at an IBM mainframe terminal playing networked MUDD games, long before cheerleaders and jocks were even aware of what the Internet was, let alone Facebook, Twitter and all of the other online resources that are now household terms.
Having that unique “from-the-ground-up” perspective on the growth of the Internet (as most of the folks reading this have as well), I became fascinated with how the growing population of Internet users were making use of the Internet.
Today, Internet search trends can tell you some fascinating things about the world, such as Google Flu Trends, which gives you insight into where clusters of people are searching the Internet for flu symptom information. In much the same way, SEO search tools reveal major political, social and economic trends from around the world.
I would like to share one of those recent trends that I stumbled upon when I was doing my own SEO research. The trend is this: The 5 most popular online job application forms reveal where the majority of people are seeking out work in these difficult economic times.
There are many online resources for finding jobs, such as the 8 sites listed by Charnita, or the 10 job search websites I wrote about in June - but going directly to the employer is another option people use. The following list represents the top 5 searched-for online job application forms on the Internet.
#1 - The Burger King Application Online : Make It They Way They Want It
I love the way Burger King makes it my way – but is there any conceivable reason why Burger King applications are searched for 500% more often than say, college applications or passport applications? First of all, joking aside, Burger King is much more than just flippin’ burgers. Just go to their main website and you can see that this is a giant, global company.
Once you dig down into your own country, you’ll eventually find the Burger King application online. Hint: To find the online application for any company, just find the area of the site for “Company Information” and look for “Careers”
To find the Burger King application online, you need to drill down into the job type that you’re looking for. If you have the background, you may consider Corporate opportunities. For the rest of you patty-flippers, you’re stuck applying for the “In-Restaurant” opportunities – at least until you build up a bit of experience.
On the quick online form, make sure to fill in as many available hours as you’re capable of working. And another hint if you want to land that job – take advantage of every text box where you’re allowed to provide additional information, and give them every reason why you’re the most responsible, motivated worker on the planet.
#2 – The McDonald’s Application : You’ll Be Lovin’ It
The McDonald’s application, the other burger giant, is just as sought out as Burger King’s is, with only slightly fewer search queries. People are clearly flocking to the two major global burger joints for economic relief, and according to the job search engines, there are still opportunities out there.
The McDonalds application is simple, but first make sure you’re on the right country website. The link here is for the U.S., but McDonald’s has a site for all locations, just check the country map. To get to the online application, just click the job type that you want (and that you’re qualified for, obviously), and the drill down to your state and city. Trust me – almost every major area has job openings at McDonalds, even in some of the more rural areas that you wouldn’t expect.
As you can see, it’s not all just about flipping burgers. For folks with motivation and drive, it’s certainly possible to get into a “Manager Trainee” position and then work your way up the career path into corporate levels. People may joke – but there’s money in beef.
#3 – The Wal Mart Employment Application Form
You knew it was coming. Sure enough, the third most sought after job form is the Wal Mart employment application form. It’s the store that you may love to hate, but when push comes to shove, you shop there because the prices are just so good – you can’t resist.
Rumor has it that the pay isn’t all that great, but that’s not stopping folks from seeking out the retail king as an employer. Everyone can easily track down WalMart.com, but the Wal-Mart employment application form is buried down a few levels in the “Careers” section.
The Wal-Mart career section is huge, incorporating careers in pharmacy, Sam’s club, optometry, logistics, corporate and more. Clicking on any one of those options, you are sent to a career page (for pharmacy for example) where you can access the Wal-Mart employment application form.
Use the search form to locate an opening near you, and when you click on it you’ll find that the Wal-Mart employment application form is actually a resume submission form – so have your resume updated and ready!
#4 – The Toys R Us Application For The Kid at Heart
Why do almost 2,300 people a day look for the Toys R Us application for employment? Probably because it’s a store that folks picture when they imagine a fun place to work. I mean, it’s a toy store right? What could be more fun? For the kid at heart, it’s like a dream job. I imagine getting a job in the video games department and messing around on the demo gaming systems all day – how cool!
Well, the career section of the Toys R Us website certainly puts a damper on those dreams. Apparently you can find yourself a legitimate corporate career working behind a desk for the baby and toy retail chain.
The Toys R Us application online is a process of several steps. First you upload your resume, and then you fill out your details as well such as your education, work experience, etc… Before, while you had to drive around for miles just to collect these forms to fill out – now you can do it all online from the comfort of your home. Isn’t technology grand?
#5 - Submitting Old Navy Applications : Can I Wear the Cool Headset?
Maybe it’s the witty commercials, or maybe it’s just those really cool walkie-talkie headsets the workers get to wear to talk to each other across the store, but apparently Old Navy is a very sought after place of employment, making #5 on the list with search trends reflecting over 2,000 people a day looking for Old Navy applications.
When you go to the career section of the Old Navy site, you’ll find yourself on the GAP career site, as GAP is the mothership company for Old Navy.
After you conduct a job search and locate a job opening, you can click “apply online.” Apparently GAP uses the same online application submission platform as Toys R Us, because the process for submitting Old Navy applications is almost identical. First, submit your resume, fill out additional forms with your experience and qualifications, and you’re good to go.
Times are tough, and folks are realizing that you have to do whatever it takes to put food on the table for your family. While some of these service or retail jobs have had a social stigma attached to them, the truth is that motivated and driven people can succeed no matter where they work – there’s always a potential for a fantastic career for people like that.
In case you’re wondering, the runner’s up include: Target, Taco Bell, Home Depot, Menards, Wendy’s, GameStop and Kmart.
Have you ever applied for a job online? Was your experience a good one? Share your experiences in the comments section below!