Employers use a job application to find out about you. Each application form is a bit different, but the type of information needed to complete it is fairly standard. Employers want to know about your:
- Personal history: who you are and where you live
- Education: school, training, licenses
- Work Experience: volunteer experience is also considered
- References: someone who knows you and your work skills
Complete a master application and take it with you when you go job hunting. All of the information you will need is on one page. (link to pocket resume)
Tips for completing a job application
- Read over an entire application before you begin writing!
- Follow the instructions.
- Print neatly using a pen.
- Do not list “anything” for the employment/position desired. List a job title and add “or a related position.”
- When listing the salary, be careful not to over-price or under-sell your skills. Write “open,” “negotiable,” or “based on responsibilities.”
- Fill in every blank. If a question does not apply to you, write “N/A” which means “not applicable.”
- Describe your skills and abilities.
- Be honest and don’t stretch the truth.
- When you put a start date, make sure that you are available to start on that date.
- Ask permission before you list someone as a reference. Make sure you have their complete name, address, occupation and telephone number.
- Double-check your spelling, dates, phone numbers and addresses.
Remember: how you complete a job application shows an employer how well you follow directions, complete important tasks, and how neatly you can write. Most employers decide in seconds whether an application is acceptable or not.