A job application is an important contact with a prospective employer. So before you head for the company or agency, make sure you have everything you'll need [source: Job Application Preparation].
- A good blue or black pen You don't want to ask the receptionist for one.
- All the necessary information Be prepared to record your employment and educational history, and to provide recommendations and references (including names, phone numbers, and addresses).
- Copies of your resume Always bring copies of your resume with you.
Once you have the application in hand, follow these guidelines [source: Job Application Tips]:
- Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the application form.
- Think before you write, so you don't end up crossing out anything. For example, don't put your last name in the "First Name" box.
- Write carefully and legibly. This is especially important on long applications when your hand gets tired. Rest a moment, if necessary.
- Be accurate and honest. Many interviewers base their questions on what you wrote, so don't get caught in a lie.
- Fill out everything. If something doesn't apply to you, write "N/A" or something similar.
- Explain any large gaps in your employment history.
- Be serious. Humor has its place, but a job application isn't one of them.
- Ask for clarification, if necessary. It's better to know than to guess.
- Ask for additional time after the interview, if you don't have enough time to complete the forms beforehand.
- Check over your application carefully before handing it in. Check for any spelling errors, missing information or inaccuracies.
Good luck in landing that job!