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The Application

The Application
Submitting an Application


When submitting your application in person dress as though you are ready to go to work. The employer may have open positions to fill and want to interview you immediately. Your appearance is important and first impressions are paramount.

Make sure to bring all items with you  needed to complete the application (ie. resume', list of references, pens).  Completing the application correctly and to its entirety is important. Read the entire application before filling it out, follow instructions carefully and remember this is the first time you are able to present yourself to the employer. Employers often look at the appearance of an application as an indication of how much emphasis the applicant places on the quality of his/her work.

Here are some suggestions when completing an application.

  • Greet the receptionist and other office workers with a friendly demeanor. Be polite, business-like and appreciative when submitting or requesting an application.
  • Complete the application and all other forms requested neatly and accurately.
  • Print clearly. 
  • Be honest.
  • Use black or blue ink pens (erasable pens are useful, but not suggested). 
  • Have information on references and past employers available.
  • Explain gaps in work history, example "hospitalized, attending school, military assignment."
  • Write "Not Applicable, N/A, Does not Apply " in the space if it does not apply to you.
  • Fill in every blank. 
  • Apply for a specific job. 
  • When asked "what position are you applying for?" do not enter "anything" or "open."
  • Sign and date the application. 
  • Review the application for completeness and accuracy.
  • Mail or deliver the application to right person or place.

Most common errors made when completing job applications:

  • Incomplete data. 
  • Unanswered questions. 
  • Misspelled words.
  • Not applying for a specific position.
  • Unexplained gaps in work history.
  • Written and not printed.
  • Crossed out areas/words.
  • Not following directions.
  • Not turned in by the deadline or closing date.
  • Messy applicaton form.
  • Conflicting and overlapping employment dates without an explanation.
  • Using annoying words, such as quit, fired, canned.
  • Forgetting to sign and date the application.
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