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The Hidden Cost of Accepting Paper Job Applications

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How much do a toner cartridge and a ream of paper cost? For the average small business, this is at least the monthly cost of accepting paper job applications, not to mention the wear and tear cost on your printer. So, let’s assume you are using a low-cost ream of paper for $5, and maybe your ink costs are $40. So, for $45 you are printing paper applications and “doing it yourself.”

We should probably count the amount of time involved in printing these applications. There is also time to hand these out to potential applicants, and it looks like we forgot the time involved to receive and organize these applications. Your costs involved with accepting paper job applications are much more than paper and ink. It’s probably a couple of hundred dollars per month, at least!

Now is the time for you to start accepting online job applications if for no other reason than to save the time and money you are spending accepting job paper applications. Another benefit to accepting computerized job applications is that you can quickly customize the job application without additional costs or printing fees. Finally, the digital employment application is a “set it and forget it” solution in that you no longer have to waste time distributing, receiving and organizing paper applications.

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