Completing job applications properly can be tedious and time-consuming. Job applications are not substitutes for a resume but are frequently required. How you complete them is crucial to your job search.
Many employers request an application for conformity reasons and to obtain a signature from the applicant. Some companies require applications because they want information provided in a particular format.
Whatever the reason an employer has for requiring a completed application, you need to know how to fill it out correctly.
Tips for Completing Job Applications Correctly
Never leave an item blank
If it doesn’t apply to you, enter “N/A” or write “non-applicable” in the blank.
Use your resume as a guide when completing this document
Make sure all the information is accurate and agrees with the information presented in your resume.
If requested to provide references, offer at least three.
Be prepared with all pertinent information about your references, which includes: full name, address, telephone number, email address, position, relationship, and how long you’ve known the person. This is especially important when you are completing job applications at the employer’s site; you don’t want to appear disorganized.
Complete all blanks and follow the instructions carefully.
Many companies request that they are printed neatly or typed in a particular format.
Choose your references carefully.
Select individuals who have known you for a significant period of time (at least a year or more) and are familiar with your skills and abilities, especially as they apply to the position or career you want. Previous co-workers and supervisors make good references.
Never leave an area blank by stating “see resume”
The employer has the application for a reason. Asking the employer to flip back and forth between your resume and the application will only irritate the employer and eliminate your chance for an interview.
Always keep a copy for your records and refer to it prior to your interview
You want to be familiar with what you’ve stated on the application because you don’t want to contradict yourself during an interview.
You may be asked when you can begin work.
If you’re employed already, always allow for adequate notice to your current employer (at least two weeks). This reflects professionalism and respect on your part. If you are willing to leave your current employer without adequate notice, your potential employer may be concerned that you would do the same thing to them.
Before naming an individual as a reference, it makes good sense to discuss it with them first to make sure they are comfortable providing a reference.
It also guarantees they will be more prepared if an employer calls to ask about you.
Always include a copy of your resume with your application.
Let your resume elaborate on any details you couldn’t cover in the application.
Don’t forget to proofread!
Completing job applications will require you to re-read and proofread all answers before submitting it as you don’t want to submit a document that is full of spelling errors or grammar mistakes. You also don’t want to submit an application that is hard to understand or follow. Proofreading an application form can help eliminate these problems.
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