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 want. Some common documents used to apply for jobs include applications, resumes, and cover letters.

Resumes vs. Applications
Each employer asks for different documents when there is a job opening. Many times the employer will ask for both an application and a resume. Here is a description of the purpose of each document.
 

Resume Application
Your personal advertisement Your personal job history
Selective inclusion of information Factually accurate
OK to omit jobs or degrees Not OK to omit jobs or degrees
General or specific details Very specific
Serves your purpose Serves purpose of the employer

Job Applications
Employers use a form to learn about each job seeker. This form is called an application. They compare the job seekers to see which ones best match their jobs. Use words from the job description if they fit.
 

Job Application Tips
Make a rough draft. Get your references now.
Get a copy of an application (pdf). Fill in all of the fields. Make sure you know all of your past employers and 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 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.
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 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, “Quit for a better job.” “Left to work closer to home.” “Left for a career change.” “Quit to move to a new area.” “Quit to attend school.”

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