- Honesty is the best policy: Be honest with every question that you answer, no matter what is being asked of you. Not being truthful on an application will start you off on the wrong foot with a potential employer because most of the time the company will be able to discover items about you regardless of whether you express them.
- Prepare information: Gather any information that you may need prior to filling out any papers. You may find that having details about a previous employer or references can be extremely helpful.
- Know your facts: make sure that you have all of your contacts' details that you are dealing with in your application process. If you have questions during your time with the company you are applying to, a business card from the HR department can go along way.
- Dig up your documentation: Keep personal documents such as a driver's license or a birth certificate handy because you will need these at some point. Social Media and Your Employment Search
As you sit down and get ready to fill it in and answer the questions, there are a few details to take note of.
- Read thoroughly: Do not skim the application, read it completely even if you believe you already know what it says. Not following directions or skipping items can make you appear lazy or uneducated.
- Practice makes perfect: For a paper version practice filling out the actual paper by obtaining an extra copy and completing it as a test run. After this is finalized correctly, neatly fill out a final version by legibly copying the information from the test paper to the real copy. A similar method can be used for an online form by first writing your answers on a piece of paper then when you are sure they are satisfactory entering them into the form fields.
- Proofread: Go over your work several times to be sure that it's perfect. Do not leave a single space blank unless asked. When in doubt, write "N/A."
Along with the physical application there are a few other pages that may be requested from you.
- Keep an extra everything: Be sure to have extra copies of your resume and cover letter available during this time as these documents are often required. Additionally, you may wish to draft a personal statement if necessary (not required for most jobs.)
- If you need help you can read about how to write a resume and how to write a cover letter.
- You are also welcome to use our free resume creator and our free cover letter creator. If and when you get an interview you can discover some job interview help that we have available.