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How to Apply to an Online Opportunity

Once you have consulted the website for online opportunities and found one or more that you would like to apply to, you can do so online by following this simple process:

  1. If you have not done so yet, you must first register. Click on Account settings on the side menu. On the Applicant logon page, click on the register link and follow the steps to create your own account (user name and password).

    Tip: Don't forget to take note of your username and password!

  2. Once you have registered, you must first log on to the website in order to apply to an online opportunity. The Applicant logon page will appear if you click on Account settings, My applications and Available online opportunities items from the left side menu bar. Also, it will appear if you click on the Apply online link from the Notice of Vacancy or the Opportunities screen.

  3. If you have not clicked on the Apply online link yet, navigate to the Opportunity you wish to apply for and click on Apply online, or go to the Available online opportunities page and select the opportunity and click on the "Apply" button. You are now on the New application page.

  4. Review your profile to ensure all the information is accurate and up-to-date. Make necessary changes and click on the "Update" button.

  5. Upload your documents, such as your curriculum vitae, a cover letter and/or other documents of interest in the specified authorized formats.

  6. Click on the "Submit application" button

How to convert your Curriculum Vitae, your cover letter and other documents into a PDF, RTF or TIFF file format

PDF:

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe Corporation. It is used to easily transfer documents via the Internet.

PDF files are protected from changes and retain the exact elements of a presentation thereby avoiding problems like missing fonts or broken layouts. PDF files can be viewed by using Adobe Acrobat Reader, an easily downloadable application supported by all OS-Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Converting word processor documents to PDF using websites

There are several web sites ("doc2pdf", "ExpressPDF", "Zamzar", etc.) that offer easy PDF conversion without downloading any program. Upload the file you want to convert, and you can get it back in PDF format within minutes.

Converting word processor documents to PDF Using a Document Converter

Converting word processor files to PDF is just a matter of choosing your document converter as your printer.

Steps to Select Document Converter as Non-Default Printer

  1. Open the document in your word processor.
  2. Choose File then Print.
  3. Choose your document converter (Adobe PDF, Universal Document Converter, CutePDF, etc.).
  4. If you’re using Adobe PDF or CutePDF, you can just click OK, specify the filename and location for your PDF file, then Save it. If you’re using the Universal Document Converter, click Properties then choose Document to PDF, Color, Multipage in the scroll bar. Click OK then Print.

Converting word processor documents to PDF on Mac OS X

Converting documents to PDF in Mac OS X is almost the same as converting it in Windows. However, you don’t need a document converter on Mac OS X for converting MS Word documents to PDF. Follow the steps below to convert your word file to PDF on Mac OS X.

Steps to Convert word processor documents to PDF on Mac OS X

  1. Open your file in your text editor.
  2. Click File then Print.
  3. In the Print window, click the PDF button at the bottom-left then select “Save as PDF…” option.
  4. Choose the location, rename your PDF file, then click Save.

RTF:

Rich Text Format (RTF) is a type of document file that can be read and edited by many different word processors. Its file extension is .rtf. They are usually requested to send as an attachment over email or need to share a file with someone who uses a different word processor. It's easy to save a file in Rich Text Format.

Things You'll Need

  • Word processor (Wordperfect, Word, Wordpad, etc)
  • Existing document

Starting a New Document

  1. Open a new document file in your word processor.
  2. Go to File > Save As on the toolbar. A new window will open.
  3. You will be given the option to save the file in several formats ("Save as type"). Choose "Rich Text Format" from the dropdown menu.
  4. Name the file in the file naming field. The file has now been created in Rich Text Format.

Converting an Existing Document to Rich Text Format (RTF)

  1. Open the document file in your word processor.
  2. Go to File > Save As on the toolbar. A new window will open.
  3. Choose "Rich Text Format" from the dropdown menu in the "Save as type" field.
  4. Rename the file. You've changed the file type, but the new RTF file will have the same name as the original.

TIFF:

TIFF is an image format, just as a PDF is essentially an image of a document. Neither Adobe Acrobat Reader nor Microsoft Word allows you to save documents as a TIFF. You will need an online or downloadable utility to help you.

Here is an example of a conversion website:

  1. Go to Zamzar.com. Under "Step 1" and "Convert Files", click "Choose Files" and choose the document you want to convert.
  2. Under "Step 2" choose the format you want to convert to, Select "tiff".
  3. Enter the email address where you'd like Zamzar to send you the download link. It will be emailed to you as soon as the conversion is complete. This is usually a quick process, but if it's a large file it could take a while.
  4. Under "Step 4" click "Convert".
  5. Once you have the email from Zamzar, click the link in the email and download the file.

If you want to convert a Wordperfect (wpd) document to TIFF, you will have to first convert to Word (doc), then repeat the same process you used to convert the WPD file. Go to Zamzar.com, select your DOC file, select " tiff". Enter your email address, click "convert" and wait for the email containing the link to your new file.

Tip : There are several different free online document conversion utilities. There are also several different PDF conversion utilities. You can choose the one you feel more comfortable with.

Assistance in using Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Files

Some of the pages available on the Appointments web site are electronic versions of documents that were originally designed for printing. These documents can now be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat format, so that you may view and print them with virtually the same graphics, typography, and layout as the original printed version. The Adobe Acrobat files available on the Appointments site can be viewed or printed offline using the Acrobat reader. To receive the latest version for Windows, Macintosh, Unix, and DOS versions, visit the Adobe Acrobat distibution page.

Visit the Adobe Acrobat website for instructions on configuring your browser to work with the Acrobat reader, and for support and update information.

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