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This May Seem Like a No-Brainer…But Correctly Filling Out an Application DOES Matter!

The first impression a hiring manager has of you often comes in the form of an employment application. Filling out the job application correctly makes a good impression and improves your chance of landing a job interview. Follow some simple steps to ensure that your application is properly filled out, allowing you to get your foot in the door to compete for the position you seek.

Step 1
Prepare to fill out the necessary information. Most jobs require similar information on job applications, which allows you to prepare yourself to provide such information. This information includes job history, supervisor names and contact information, educational information and references. Before filling out an application, Rogue Community College suggests that you make sure you have the correct dates, names, contact information and addresses for all of the typically required information.Also, make sure you have a blue or black pen with you when you pick up the application in case you have to fill it out there and cannot take the application home.

Step 2
Read the instructions carefully. Some applications will include specific instructions on the application that require you to fill out the form in blue or black ink or list information in a certain order, according to Rogue Community College. If you do not follow the instructions outlined on the application, you may immediately find your application immediately discarded by the hiring manager. To avoid this, read the instructions carefully and follow them.

Step 3
Print legibly. If the hiring manager cannot read the information you provide, you will not find yourself called for an interview. Print clearly and precisely in ink or, if possible, type the information into the application, advises New Mexico Tech Career Services. You may opt to use an erasable pen in case of errors but make sure the application is neat and spotless when you turn it in.

Step 4
Fill out the application in its entirety. According to an article by Bob Lankard on the New York Daily News website, missed information can sometimes result in a hiring manager disregarding your application. Make sure you fill out every section and answer every question. California’s WorkSmart website advises job seekers to write “Does Not Apply” in the space if the question does not apply to you, rather than leaving a blank space.

Step 5
Attach your resume. According to New Mexico Tech Career Services, you should include your resume with the job application unless a job application specifically asks you not to. Your resume may go into greater detail about the success of your educational career and employment history, as well as explain any lengthy absences in employment.

Step 6
Proofread your application. According to New Mexico Tech Career Services, misspelled words may disqualify you from the hiring process in some instances. Avoid this by re-reading your application and, if possible, having a friend read it as well. Proofreading the application also serves as a perfect opportunity for you to ensure that you have not missed any required information or left blank spots.

Tips and Warnings
Before including someone as a reference on your job application, ask for his permission and advise him that he may receive a call from a hiring manager. Copy the application for your records before turning it in and refer to the copy before attending an interview.


Reposted from livestrong.com

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Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Application

In today’s tough job market, you must do all that you can to stand out. Many times, job seekers make their first mistake by not properly completing the job application.

Keep the following 12 tips in mind to effectively complete your next job application.

  •     Always be dressed and groomed appropriately when picking up or dropping off an application. This is when you make your first impression!
  •     Create a sample, generic application with all dates of your employment, work history with job descriptions, phone numbers and at least three references. Use this as a tool when completing job applications so you have all the information at hand.
  •     Use a black pen and print neatly on paper applications.
  •     Read and follow all instructions carefully.
  •     Complete all information. If there are questions that do not apply, write “n/a.” Do not write “see résumé,” even if you have provided one. Avoid leaving anything blank.
  •     Write “will discuss at interview” if you have something you prefer to explain in person, such as having been fired or if you have a felony conviction.
  •     Do not give specific salary requirements. Write “open” or “negotiable.”
  •     Always be truthful and do not over exaggerate on job titles or job responsibilities.
  •     Make sure that you have permission from the people that you list as references. References should be people who know your work habits, such as former employers, supervisors or members of organizations in which you have volunteered.
  •     Be sure to sign and date the application.
  •     If you haven’t heard anything within a week after submitting the application, follow up with the company. Let them know that you are interested in the position. Also find out how long they keep job applications on file.
  •     Keep in mind, the goal of your application is the door to your interview!

Paying attention to these small details can make a big difference when applying for jobs and increase your chances of being invited in for an interview. Be sure to check out the rest of our career advice articles for advice you can use to stand out in the crowd and visit our free online career mentoring site to get personal assistance with your job needs.

LadyVictoria Walker

GII Workforce Development Project Assistant


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