Tips for Filling out Application Forms

Be Careful

If you are careful about following instructions on your application, an employer will probably think that you may be careful as an employee.

Be Neat

Print or write clearly so that your application can be read easily. Use a reliable blue or black pen.

Be Certain

Before you begin to fill in the blanks, read everything on the application carefully. After you complete the form, read it again to make sure you have answered every question correctly.

Be Alert

If you are not sure about the meaning of abbreviations used on the form, ask the person who gave you the form to explain them.

Be Complete

Answer every question. If a question does not apply to you, write "Does not apply."

Be Correct

Watch your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Be Inclusive

Describe all your skills and abilities. Also, list the kinds of computers, software programming, machinery, equipment, and tools you are able to use.

Be Accurate

Make sure all information is correct. Check employment dates, telephone numbers, and addresses for accuracy.

Be Prepared

Take a sample application form with you when you go to apply for a job. By having all the information about yourself ready ahead of time, you will be able to complete the application completely and accurately.