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Read through the following
guidelines for filling out job applications. Use them to help you the
next time you fill out an application.
1. Be prepared. Every
job application you fill out is going to want to know the same basic
information. They will all want to know: the last three to five places
you've worked, their addresses and/or phone numbers, the dates you worked,
your salary, your duties and your supervisors' names. They will also
want to know the names of the schools you've gone to and the names and
phone numbers of at least three references. Copy this information on
an index card and carry it with you.
2. Read all instructions
carefully. Take your time filling out a job application. Read through
the whole application before you start filling it out. It will make
a bad impression if you write information in the wrong places.
3. Be neat. Use a
blue or black ball point pen. Be sure it doesn't leak. Never use pencil.
Be careful not to make mistakes. Scratch marks on an application look
sloppy. Some pens have erasers. You can erase mistakes carefully. Be
careful of smudging.
4. Print. In general,
printing is easier to read than cursive writing. Write neatly and plainly.
5. Don't leave blanks
blank. If a question does not apply to you write "N.A."
( not applicable ) in the blank, or else put a small "" in
the blank. Doing this shows the person who is looking at your application
that you read the application thoroughly.
6. Proof-read your application.
Read through your application again before turning it in to be sure
you haven't made any mistakes. If you find you made a mistake, which
can't be neatly fixed, ask for another application to fill out.
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