Filling Out Job Applications

Employers ask about job seekers in several ways. Pay close attention to what the employer wants from job seekers. Make sure you send them the documents they want. There are common documents to apply for jobs. Take a closer look at applications, Resumes, and Cover Letters.

Job Applications
Employers use a form to learn about each job seeker. This form is called an application. They compare the job seekers to see who are the best matches for their jobs. Use words from the job description if they fit.

Job Application Tips
Make a rough draft. Get your references now. Get a copy of an application (pdf). Fill in all of the fields. Make sure you know all of your past employers and dates you worked. You’ll also need addresses and phone numbers of past employers. Get feedback on how you answer each question. Use your rough draft to fill in all of your actual applications.

Follow the directions. Be honest. Read the entire application before you start it. Pay close attention to what they ask you. Do not write in sections where they say “do not write below this line. ” Also do not write where they say “for office use only.”

If an employer asks for your social security number or driver’s licence number, ask if this is necessary for the application. Sometimes employers need this information to do a background or credit check as part of the application procedure. If they only need it for identification, ask if you can give the last four digits of your social security number or a different number they can use to identify you.

Fill out applications neatly and completely. Answer all of the questions. If one doesn’t apply to you, you can use “n/a”. This means “not applicable.” This shows the employer that you did not overlook anything. Do not abbreviate (for example, using # or no. instead of the word number.)
Always list your "position desired." This is your job search target or the title from a job lead.
Give a range for your salary. The employer may use this question to screen out applicants. Use range or say “negotiable.” This leaves you room to negotiate a higher wage.
Give positive reasons for leaving jobs. Choose your words carefully with this question. Don't say "Fired", "Quit", "Illness", or "Personal Reasons." Instead think about these reasons. “Quit for a better job.” “Left to work closer to home.“ “Left for a career change.” “Quit to move to a new area.” “Quit to attend school.”

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