In addition to the resume and cover letter, your job application is one of the first impressions your potential employer will have of you.
A Master Job Application
Make a Master Job Application so you're ready to fill in any application at a moments notice. A Master Job Application:
- Eliminates hunting down and recreating your information each time you need it.
- Makes it easy to customize your job applications.
- Lets you copy/paste your information into online application forms.
- Lets you complete any job application, anywhere, at any time.
Completing Job Applications
Use these strategies to create a job application that’ll make a good impression.
Before Filling It Out
- Read the entire application.
- Identify the job requirements—read the job announcement or description.
- Identify the skills and qualifications the employer is looking for—read the job announcement or description.
- Describe your skills, qualifications, and experiences using some of the keywords or phrases from the job announcement or description.
Filling It Out
- Answer ALL questions. If a question doesn't apply to you, write N/A (not applicable).
- List skills and qualifications related to the job you’re applying for.
- For difficult questions, use a separate sheet of paper to draft an answer.
- If you’re completing a job application on paper, use a black-ink pen and print clearly.
After Filling It Out
- Proofread your application: fix spelling and grammar errors. Applications with errors are tossed out.
- If you’re sending a résumé, make sure the information in it doesn’t contradict the information in your job application.
Example of a typical Job Application (PDF).