How to Sign an Application Online

By Nicole Vulcan

In the 21st century, many employers make their job applications available online, expecting you to complete the forms and sign them electronically. One way to do this is to print the document, sign it, and then electronically fax it to yourself or to the employer -- but a far easier solution is to use a document-signing service online. You have multiple services available to you. No matter which service you're using, the first step is to save the job application document to your computer, or to have it accessible through a cloud computing application.

DocuSign

Step 1

Click "Free Trial" from the DocuSign website to download the application to your computer (link in Resources). You can also purchase the paid version by clicking "Buy Now," then following the prompts to create an account.

Step 2

Open DocuSign on your computer or mobile device and enter your login information.

Step 3

Click the "Get Started" tab.

Step 4

Click "Adopt Your Signature," and then follow the prompts to create your own signature. Either draw your signature using your mouse or write it on your mobile device's screen -- or you can choose from one of the cursive fonts provided by DocuSign. You also have the option of taking a photo of your signature, which DocuSign will store for you.

Step 5

Click the "Send" tab from the DocuSign main page.

Step 6

Click "Browse from my Computer" or "Choose an Online Document," and then select the file to which you want to add a digital signature. DocuSign allows you to choose documents from your computer or from your files stored in a cloud-based application.

Step 7

Enter the recipient's name and email in the Recipient Name and Recipient Email fields.

Step 8

Click "Signature" from the menu window, and then click the portion of the document, featured in the main window on your screen, to add your signature to the document.

Step 9

Click "Send" to send the document to your recipient.

RightSignature

Step 1

Navigate to the RightSignature website (link in Resources), and enter your name and email address into the correct fields.

Step 2

Click "Create Free Account" to initiate your new account, and then follow the prompts to finish creating your free account, This includes verifying your email address. RightSignature will allow you to create five documents free of charge.

Step 3

Click "Send a Document."

Step 4

Click "Browse" to select the document to which you need to add a signature, and then choose that document from the files or folders on your computer or from your cloud storage.

Step 5

Type the name and email address of the recipient of the document. Since you need to sign the document, click "Send to Myself to Sign."

Step 6

Click "Sign" and drag it to the portion of the document you want to sign. That will open up a pop-up box which asks you who needs to sign the document. Choose your name from the drop-down menu and click "Save."

Step 7

Click "Send for Signature."

Step 8

Use your mouse to sign your document next to the "X."

Step 9

Click "Submit Signature." Your signature will be added to the document. If you want to send it to someone, click "PDF Download," and then click the "Download" button to download it to your computer.

HelloSign

Step 1

Navigate to the HelloSign Web page (link in Resources). Enter your email address into the Enter Email Address box, and then click "Get Started." Follow the prompts to create an account, including verifying your email address.

Step 2

Click "Sign Document," and then click "Just Me."

Step 3

Click "Upload File" to select the application you need to sign from the files and folders on your computer, or from your cloud storage.

Step 4

Click on "Signature" when the document appears on your screen, and then click "Add Signature" to create a new signature. From here you'll be able to choose a generic cursive font from the HelloSign standard signatures, or use your mouse to create one of your own.

Step 5

Click "Insert Signature." When the document is once again visible, click on the portion of the document where you want the signature to appear.

Step 6

Click "Continue," and then enter the email address of the person to whom you want to send the document, or click "Download" to save the file to your computer for later use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Electronic document signing services typically offer their services with mobile apps as well -- though the mobile versions will function slightly differently than the desktop computer options mentioned here.
  • While electronic signatures are relatively commonplace, it doesn't hurt to find out whether the employer or other recipient of your application will accept electronic signatures. If you don't follow the employer's instructions to the letter, it could result in a missed job opportunity. In some cases, the employer may ask you to use a certain online signature service in lieu of any others.