Bring your own black pens. Black is preferred over blue. Make sure you have pens that allow you to write clearly and legibly. A neat and orderly application will be better than a messy one.
Dress in appropriate attire when ordering the applications and delivering them. You will never have a second chance to make a first impression, as they say. Regardless of the position, managers are more likely to hire someone who looks professional. In addition, you may get an instant interview, so you should look how you would do for a scheduled interview.
Ask if you can take a blank application home. If possible, it is always best to take the application home so you can take the time to fill it out clearly and ask someone to review it.
Read the complete application, including any special instructions. Employers sometimes include specific instructions on applications to see if applicants can follow instructions properly. For example, you may be asked to list the information in a particular order.
Use the application template as a template, but adapt the answers according to the position. In the job description of the application model, highlight the skills and experiences applicable to the job you request.
For example: if you have worked as a cook and now apply for a position to be a sales associate, you could highlight your work ethic and your ability to do several things at a time when describing your position as a cook.
You may want to take two copies of the application and fill out a practice first, so you can create a clear request after you have used the first one to draft your answers.
Complete all the spaces of the request. If something does not apply to you, be sure to mark it as “Not Applicable” or “N / A”. Otherwise, the potential employer may think that you accidentally skipped the question.
Check everything you wrote. You do not want the hiring manager to think that you are someone who makes mistakes that should be easily avoided.
- To check blocks of text, read back to detect misspellings that you would not notice when reading normally.
- Make sure all information is accurate. They may fire you for submitting false information on the application.