Take the Job Application Seriously
If there's one thing I can't stress enough to job seekers,
it's fill out the
job application neatly and completely. Even though you've
resume and have your references neatly printed out, the job
needs to be complete and accurate. That's because it's a
requires your signature to protect the employer. That means
no blanks, or
"see resume attached".
Employers use the application for several reasons.
First, it has your signature on it, ensuring that everything
on there is
accurate. If you're caught lying, it expressly states you
can be fired for
not being truthful on the application.
Second, it gives the employer clearance to perform background
Third, the application measures your ability to follow directions.
carefully before you begin to fill it out. Bring along a
list of every
employer you've worked for over the past ten years, including
addresses, phone numbers, supervisor names, salary history,
and starting and
ending dates. Most employers require that you fill out the
their waiting room, prior to the interview. How thorough
you are with the
application, gives the interviewer an idea of how thorough
you will be on
the job. And that's an important trait for a journalist.
Fourth, many employers compare your resume to the application,
to make sure
there's no gaps, and that dates and previous jobs all match
If spelling isn't one of your strong traits, bring along a
And take the time to write legibly.
Use a blue or black pen, or if you're able to download the
a website, type it. You'd be surprised at how many job candidates
their chances for a job because they don't take the job application
seriously. Don't be one of them.