How to Create an Email Address
If you want to apply to any job online--the way many job applications are submitted and processed--you will first need an e-mail address. There are many services to use to sign up for an email address. Below, I will list a few popular e-mail services. Links direct the user to the instruction page for each service to guide them through setup.
- AOL Mail: "Offers on-page access to your chat buddies. You don't get as many inbox helpers and organizers as you do with Outlook.com, but you do get message preview . . . [but] has the most distracting ads among the major webmail services."
- Gmail: "Large storage allowance, fast operation, and low level of spam. It's fast, clean, and the recent redesign improves on its appearance . . . built-in IM and video calling feature . . . privacy is an issue."
- Mail.com: "If you're looking for a vanity domain . . . you'd be hard pressed to find a better webmail service than mail.com. And the site's interface is no slouch, either, with a preview panel and the ability to pull in inboxes from other services . . . there's no built-in instant messaging."
- Outlook (formerly Hotmail): "Clean interface, fast operation, and social network integration . . . best inbox cleaning and organizing tools around, including a Sweep feature that deals with newsletters. You can also view photos and videos right in the inbox, and IM is built in and it even works with Facebook chat. POP and IMAP access are free, and you can create alias addresses for free."
- Yahoo! Mail: "Added a Photos app that lets you browse through all the images that you've sent or received during the entire life of your account . . . makes excellent use of tabs, and you get a preview pane. Built-in instant messaging lets you communicate with MSN/Windows Live Messenger as well as Yahoo's own Yahoo Instant Messenger, but not with AIM . . . still suffers from more spam than competitors."
How to Attach Documents to Your Job Application
Before you can think about applying to a job, you need to create files for your resume and cover letter. Resume and cover letter documents are most often saved in .doc (Word) and .pdf formats. The Balance has an article with more information: "How to Select the File Format for Your Resume" which also applies to cover letters and other documents like reference lists.
After you have successfully named and saved your cover letter and resume, you need to upload the files and attach them to your electronic job application. The Balance website has an article addressing this key step to make sure your potential employer gets all of your information: "Supporting Documents for a Job Application."
Books on Computer Basics
Local Computer Classes
Computer literacy is essential to the modern-day job search because many job boards are available online and require skills like creating and saving Word documents, uploading files, and searching on the Internet. Your local library should have computer classes available for free. Durham County Library has computer classes for different levels. Look at the calendar by clicking here. Some of the classes are:
- Word Basics: Learn basic word processing skills using Microsoft Word. Formatting, fonts, spellcheck and many more useful features will be explored.
- Introduction to Computers: Already a computer user, but want to learn more, or has it been a while since you've used a computer and need a quick refresher? This 3-week class covers computer basics, Internet basics, and more. Call for more information.
- Job Searching and Resumes: Begin or update your resume and start your job search.
- Connecting Online: For those with some Internet experience, who are interested in using the Internet to communicate with others online. Receive a brief overview of several social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Tumbler, and more. Learn about email basics and online safety.
- Computer Basics: This class is for the absolute beginner. Learn the basics of computers-how to use a mouse, keyboarding, and managing windows.