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How to Fill Out a Job Application Correctly

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]:

  1. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the application form.
  2. 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.
  3. Write carefully and legibly. This is especially important on long applications when your hand gets tired. Rest a moment, if necessary.
  4. Be accurate and honest. Many interviewers base their questions on what you wrote, so don't get caught in a lie.
  5. Fill out everything. If something doesn't apply to you, write "N/A" or something similar.
  6. Explain any large gaps in your employment history.
  7. Be serious. Humor has its place, but a job application isn't one of them.
  8. Ask for clarification, if necessary. It's better to know than to guess.
  9. Ask for additional time after the interview, if you don't have enough time to complete the forms beforehand.
  10. Check over your application carefully before handing it in. Check for any spelling errors, missing information or inaccuracies.

Good luck in landing that job!