Most jobseekers are eager to get their hands on and fill out a job application. While their enthusiasm is honorable, filling in the blank spaces too quickly is a good way to get the application screened out. Here are some suggestions on how to review an application before handing it in:
• Ask if you can take the application home. It’s not always likely, but it’s worth asking. If you can take it home, use that time to proofread it a few times.
• Take a master application with you. This has dates and addresses that you may not remember. Copying from a master application is better than relying on memory or asking for a phone book. And make sure you bring two pens and a copy of your resume.
• Read the instructions thoroughly. Not just at the beginning, but also anywhere else instructions are found. Following application instructions is an employer’s first test.
• Ask for two copies in case you make a mistake in ink.
• Make sure you read any fine print at the bottom of the page.
• Don’t forget to sign the application!
• Before handing it in, re-read everything item by item. Did you say everything you needed to say? Double-check for errors. It’s better to ask for another application than to turn in one with a critical mistake.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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