Filling Out a Job Application Business Communications
Filling out a Job Application • Job Application – A form, provided by an employer, that a person seeking employment must fill out to apply for a job. • Example: 06/28/2010
Purpose of Applications • To obtain information about you 1. 2. 3. 4. Name Phone Number Address Employment 5. Education 6. References 7. Other Skills • To test your literacy, penmanship, and communication skills. – A careless applicant might be disqualified because of a sloppy application • May require the disclosure of a criminal record. • May ask for information for a background check.
Education • Specify formal education from colleges/universities and high school • Specify licenses or certificates earned • Use reverse chronological order (most recent first)
Previous Employment • Specify previous employers, job titles, and responsibilities • Use reverse chronological order (most recent first)
Application References • List people that know you, or who have known you for a while, people who can tell a potential employer about your skills and work habits. • Include contact information for your references. • Ask the people first if you can use them as a reference on applications/resumes
Helpful Hints • Read the instructions first. • Use black ink or type • Read carefully whether to write your first or last name first • Make sure to fill in all blanks. If some information isn’t relevant put – NA (not applicable) • When asked about salary, put open or negotiable • Include your contact information. (phone number, email address, etc. ) • Always pick up two applications • Before you write, read the entire application.
Top 10 Mistakes • • • Misspelled words Crossed out writing Failure to print Wrinkled application Folded application • • • Incomplete information Unanswered Questions Incomplete work history Late – miss the deadline Forgetting to sign