HOW TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION

  • Most applications ask the same general questions:
    • Personal information – name, address, contact information.
    • Identification – picture ID, social security card, and/or citizenship status.
    • Education
    • Questions about your current and previous jobs: names of businesses, dates employed, supervisor’s name, phone numbers
    • Full names of references and their phone numbers.
    • If you are related to the company in any way.
    • Emergency contact information.
  • When applying for a position, bring a completed master application form with you to fill out an application at the store or business. Most businesses have computerized applications that are completed in the store or office. Come to the store/business prepared with a master application that you can use to complete the questions asked on the computer.
  • Spelling counts. The job application is an important part of your interview. When you hand the application to the employer, it must be as perfect as possible: neat handwriting and perfect spelling.
  • Always tell the truth. Make sure the dates are correct and the information accurate. Good employers will do background checks if they are serious about hiring honest employees.
  • Your application must be NEATLY hand written or typed. When possible, make a copy of the original application, and complete a rough draft before writing the final.
  • Use black or blue pen only, preferable an erasable pen, in case you make a mistake on the final.
  • All blanks must be filled in. Write NA in the blank for questions that are not appropriate for you to answer or do not apply to you.
  • Do not use the word “anything” if you are asked what job you can do. “Anything” is not a job title.
  • Be sure to ask permission from the person BEFORE you write his/her name as a reference.
  • When you finish filling it out, read it again to check for mistakes.
  • Sign your name in writing where it asks for your signature. Do not print!