How to Fill Out a Job Application
Filling out a job application is more than a necessary step toward getting the job. The application tells the employer something about who you are, your attitude and your habits. How you fill out a job application is the first step toward getting scheduled for an interview, so don't simply hurry through this process. Take time and effort will filling out the application.
Depending upon the job, the application may be the first real contact with the company. For other jobs, the job application is filled out after you've sent a resume and cover letter. Whatever the case may be, filling out the job application is an important step. Read it carefully so you don't misunderstand some information asked for on the application.
Think about what you want to say and fill out the employment application as much as possible. If filling it out by hand, write as neatly and clearly as possible. This goes to attitude. If you don't care about how you fill out the application, employers will wonder if you will show the same sloppy attitude toward the job. Neatness does count.
Provide the information asked for and make it as complete as possible. Double check everything to make sure you have given correct information, you have spelled words correctly and you have said things the way you meant to say them. Check to make sure your name and contact information are correct and legible. Include multiple contact points, such as an email address, home and cell phones numbers.
Application asks for past work history. Be prepared with the name of the businesses, addresses, contact numbers, your title while working at each business and how long you were employed. List the most recent job first.
Include the full name of educational institutions. Along with high schools and colleges, list training programs and vocational schools.
References are also a part of most applications. Don't simply put down the first names that come to mind, such as a relative, friend or former employer. While these may provide positive references, it is best to always ask permission before listing someone as a reference.