Apply for Jobs

Employers ask about job seekers in several ways. Pay close attention to what the employer wants from job seekers. Make sure you send them the documents they request, which may include: a list of references, a writing sample, or a portfolio of work. Here are common documents to apply for jobs. This includes applications, resumes, and cover letters.

Job Applications
Employers often use a form to learn about each job seeker. This form is called an application. They compare the job seekers to determine who match their jobs best. Use words from the job description to show that you are a fit.

Job Application Tips

Make a rough draft. Get your references now.
Get a copy of an application (pdf) or use the one provided in this handbook. Fill in all of the fields. Make sure you know all of your past employers and the dates you worked. You’ll also need addresses and phone numbers of past employers. Get feedback on how you answer each question. Use your rough draft to fill in all of your applications. 

Follow the directions. Be honest.
Read the entire application before you start it. Pay close attention to what they ask of you. Do not write in sections where they say “do no write below this line." Also, do not write where they say “for office use only.”

Fill out applications neatly and completely, and use correct spelling and grammar.
Answer all of the questions. If one doesn’t apply to you, you can use “N/A.” This means “not applicable." This shows the employer that you did not overlook anything.  

Always list your "position desired."
This is your job search target or the title from a job lead.

Give a range for your salary.
Employer may use this question to screen out applicants. Use a range or say “negotiable.” This leaves you room to negotiate a higher wage. 

Give positive reasons for leaving jobs.
Choose your words carefully with this question. Don't say "Fired," "Quit," "Illness," or "Personal Reasons." Instead, use reasons like: “voluntarily resigned”, “left employer voluntarily”, or “voluntarily quit.”

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