Your application is the first impression an employer has of you, the applicant. It often will make crucial difference in whether or not an employer will interview you for a job.

~ Hints for Completing an Application ~ 
10 things to remember

  1. When picking up the application, be dressed as if you were going to be interviewed – you may!
  2. Pick up two applications and use one as a rough draft.
  3. Before you put pen to paper, read the whole application thoroughly.
  4. The application should be typed or printed in pen unless a handwriting sample is requested on the application.
  5. Use only black or blue ink.
  6. Fill in all the blanks. If the question does not apply to you, put a dash mark or an “N/A” (not applicable).
  7. Print as neatly as possible. No erasures, smudges, or spill stains.
  8. Never fold or crinkle the application.
  9. Use care in sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Avoid using abbreviations.
  10. Make sure to list phone numbers where you can be readily reached.
Be specific:

  • List all jobs held, including volunteer work. Be as complete as possible, providing supervisor, address and phone number of employer.
  • If the employer is requesting you to list your skills be as specific as possible.

Acceptable reasons for leaving a job:

  • military service
  • further education
  • raise family
  • work force reduction – lay off
  • seasonal work – lay off
  • temporary employment
  • relocated
  • self-employment
  • seek salaried employment (when leaving self-employment)
  • career change
  • better growth opportunity

References: Be prepared with the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three personal references. Never use family members. You may wish to list teachers, ministers, friends or former employers. Make sure that you have their permission before using them as a reference.

Create a master application -Take it with you
This is an application that is already completed, checked for accuracy, spelling, correct addresses, correct hire and termination dates from previous employment. Take it with you and use it when you are filling out application forms. It is much easier to complete a well-written application if you have something to refer to.
For more information see Work Smart!
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