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The first and sometimes, mostimportant step to getting the job.
What is a job application?• A form employers ask you to complete when you apply for a job.
What is the purpose of a job application?• Used by employers to select potential employees for the interview process.• Gives an employer a first impression of your personality and qualifications.• Provides a candidate an opportunity to stand out – in a positive way!
Do I need to fill out a job application if I am submitting a cover letter and resume?• YES!• Submit all requested materials.• Must have completed applications on file for legal purposes.
Should I type my application?• Printing is fine, as long as it is done neatly.• Use black or blue ink.• You may type if your handwriting is messy.• Do not have someone write for you.
How can I make my application stand out from the rest?• Use your resume to complete your job application.• Ask for two blank applications – just incase you mess up. • Answer every questions that applies to you.• Put N/A if a question doesn’t apply to you.• Spell correctly.• Be specific when answering all questions.
Submitting my Application• Dress properly and look nice.• Be nice to everyone!• Drop off application during non-peak business hours.• Always ask to give your application to a manager.• Be prepared for an interview.
Sections of Applications• Personal Information• Employment Desired• Education• Activities• Work Experience• References
Personal Information • Legal Name • Address • Phone Number • E-mail • Social Security Number
Employment Desired• Name of position(s) for which you are applying.• Salary or Hourly Wage• The date you can begin working• What days/hours you are available to work
Education• Names of locations of schools attended• Diplomas and degrees you’ve earned• Subjects you studied• Special skills (i.e.: foreign languages)
Activities• Extra-Curricular activities• Clubs• Athletics• Student government• Community involvement
Work Experience• Names, locations, and phone numbers of past employers• The names of your supervisors• Dates of employment• Starting and ending wage• Job title and responsibilities• Reasons for leaving each job.Include both full-time, part-time, and volunteer work.
References• References are people that know you well, that you communicate with frequently, and can give an employer accurate feedback about you. – Teachers – Members of the Clergy – Club Leaders – School Administrators – Neighbors – Coaches
Always, Always, Always… BE HONEST!“When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.” -Bill Copeland
Personal InformationEmployment DesiredEducationActivitiesWork ExperienceReferences
ReferencesShiawassee Regional Education Service District. (2008, May) Career Preparation System. Retrieved from: http://sresd.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1451 000/File/CTE/Mock%20Interview%20Documents/JobAppl ication(1).pdf?sessionid=c2f9d4069b33b705dbcf704996c69 4b4.