2FILLING OUT APPLICATIONS PRETEST Is it ok to leave blank spaces on a job application?Should you use white-out on a job application?Should you request a specific salary.Does information have to be consistent with your resume?If unsure of an answer, it is ok to be vague?Is it cheating if you proofread with a partner?
3What is a Job Application? A job application is an employment form that requests personal information about an individual.Purpose:Shows applicant is legally eligible for workMinor test of the applicant’s literacy, penmanship, and communication skillsMay require information for use in a background checkDetermine an applicant’s availabilityUsually will require a resume and cover letter in addition to the job application.
4Application Sections Personal Information Name Address What about my Social Security Number?Not required unless hired or you are applying for a position that will be conducting a background check or security clearance.Type of employment desiredEducational BackgroundEmployment HistoryRelevant SkillsSchool and Community ActivitiesReferences
5ARRIVE PREPARED WITH WHAT YOU WILL NEED Resume, driver’s license, etc.Names & addresses of previous employers, as well as starting dates & salary informationNames, addresses & phone number of references
6ARRIVE PREPARED WITH WHAT YOU WILL NEED Black pens (have extras) not pencilsPocket Dictionary orSmartphone witha dictionary app
7READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY Review the entire application before you beginBe sure to write your answers on the correct lines and in the right spaces
8COMPLETE THE APPLICATION THOROUGHLY & NEATLY Print clearly – do not be in a rushThink about your answers before you write them in
9COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AS THOROUGHLY & NEATLY AS POSSIBLE Don’t indicate a specific salary,write “open” if the application asks you for an expected salary.Keep your information consistent with your resume.
10ANSWER TRUTHFULLY, BUT DON’T PROVIDE NEGATIVE INFORMATION Turn “negatives” into “positives” (such as “job ended” instead of “got fired”)
11Points to ConsiderCriminal Record: If you have one, ask to discuss it, not just write about it.Work HistoryLaid off: Take credit for the job you hadFired: Ask to discuss it with the employer“Job Hunting” is a legitimate reason for an employment gapJob Hopping: If you’ve had more than 3 jobs in the past 5 years, have good reasons for leavingNo work history? List community involvement!Bring your list of references with you to put on the application.
12Illegal Information to ignore on a job application Height, weightAge, sexMarital statusSize of your familyReligion, politicsBirthplaceRace or national originHandicapsArrests or convictionsMilitary discharge
13ExceptionsAn employer may ask you an off-limits question if that topic has to do with your ability to do the job.Lifting requirements: physical handicaps can be asked about
14DON’TDON'T leave blank spaces write N/A if the question does not apply.DON'T be unclear. If the question calls for a specific answer, don't try to dodge it by being vague
15DON’TDON'T use correction fluid. If you type your application, use a correctable typewriter or liftoff strips to correct mistakes. Better yet, fill out your application onlineDON'T write in script.
16DODO make copies of applications, and practice filling one out before you complete the originalDO type or neatly print your answers, and then proofread the applications and essays several times for accuracy. Also ask someone else to proofread with you.
17DODO make sure that everything that is supposed to be included is enclosedDO fill out your own applications. Type the information yourself to avoid crucial mistakes
18DODO start with the simple applications and then progress to the more complex onesDO describe how you can make a contribution to the companies to which you apply
19TWO FINAL THINGS: If using a computer, use spell check. Sign and date your application.
21POST TESTWhat items would you bring with you when filling out a job application?Can you use white-out on a job application?Is it wise to have some one other than yourself look over an application?Should you make a copy of applications that you fill out?Is it common to skip filling out an application and say - see attached resume?
22AssignmentI will be handing out an application for you to practice with –Please fill it out and turn it in.This application will be used as a practice.Then we will complete a job application to keep in our career folder.