Filling In A Job Application Form
Be Prepared

When you are searching for a new job, you are often asked to fill in a Job Application Form before an employer will even accept your resume or interview you. They usually request this to gather information that is not typically found on resumes. You will need to be adequately prepared if you want to fill in these forms correctly and efficiently.

These forms request more detailed information about your work history. Employers will often ask for detailed contact information for your previous employer so they can get in touch with your former employers or to do a background check. These are details that are not typically provided on a resume.

Here are some simple steps to make sure you are prepared for your next interview.

Summarize you work history on a sheet of paper. Include information about your current and past employers, your educational history (degree, years of attendance, etc.) and other details you left off your resume (for example, contact information for your references). Use the link at the bottom of this page to access a page with the most frequently requested types of information that is commonly asked on job application forms.

Typically you will need to fill out between 2 and 6 pages of information about your current and past work history. The forms are straightforward but they will take time and energy. Stay focused and don't be intimidated, fill in the information as accurately and thoroughly as you can.

You may wonder why everybody asks for so much information. Most of the information is needed internally in the Human Resources department so that they can complete all their forms for insurance policies, social security records, pay roll data, etc. All this information has to be entered into their system so make sure you print neatly and follow their instructions.

If a section of the form does not apply to you let them know. For example, if they ask about military service or volunteer experience and you have none, simply enter "Not Applicable" or "N/A" rather then leaving the area blank. This lets them know that the section wasn't relevant as opposed to it being left out.

When you fill in application forms, make sure you take the time to incorporate data that is relevant and targeted towards the position you are applying for. You target your resume to the specific company and position, so you must do the same on the application form. All the information you submit may be taken into consideration during the hiring process.

You may require additional documents for the application form so make sure you bring them. This might include: Photo ID (driver's license, passport); Social Security Card; Copies of your resume, certifications and professional licenses; and a contact list of professional and personal references. Make sure you bring them with you rather than having to return later.

Job Application Forms are not difficult or complex as long as you come prepared. Take the time to be ready to get them done efficiently.

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