Regardless of the job that you want to be considered for, you will be expected to fill out a job application of some type whether it is online or on-site. Employers report that only 20% of the applications that they receive are complete. Here are some basics that will help you produce a quality job application that can help you get to the next step in the hiring process.
Information at Your Fingertips
Nearly all applications are similar in structure asking for dates of employment, level of education and personal references. By writing down all your information on a single sheet of paper that you can keep in your wallet or purse, you will be able to reference it quickly and accurately.
Write down all your contact information – home, cell, email address – as well as a friend or family member for an emergency contact including their name and address. Be sure to let your contact know that you are using them as a back-up contact. In addition, write down your previous employers name, address, person to contact for verification, phone number and the actual dates of employment. If you are not sure of start and end dates, call the business and find out from them. Finally, do the same for your educational information. Details count on job applications.
Imagine how you will appear to an employer who reads an application where you misspell the name of your high school. These are especially egregious errors but other spelling and grammar errors are equally as distracting for a businessperson seeking to hire the best person possible.
Even though employers do not advertise it, they are looking at each application with the possibility of future promotion for the applicant. Hiring someone who is grammar and spelling deficient is not in their best interest. Another issue is illegible handwriting on applications filled out at the site. If you have a legitimate reason – such as a disability or dyslexia that can be verified – there is no reason for sloppy writing. Even in cases where a disability may prevent beautiful writing, there is no excuse for cross-outs or messy splotches on the form.
Blanks Leave Employers Blank
There are several reasons that people leave blanks on job applications but none of them are to the applicants benefit. Remember, you are the one asking for consideration. The employer did not pick your name from a phone book and beg you to come apply.
If a query does not apply to you, such as number of children and you have none, put none or not applicable. Also, if you are not comfortable with any personal questions, you can ask if these are mandatory or optional. One of the worse offences is when an applicant puts “see resume” to a question. If the job is important enough for you to consider, it is worth answer the same question 20 times if necessary.
Employers are checking every response for applicants that interest them. To submit quality job applications every time, answer all the questions and answer them all honestly and accurately.