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How to Fill out a Job Application

Your job application is your first impression, so make it count.


  • Step 1: Use blue or black Use a blue or black pen to fill out the job application.
  • TIP: Make sure that your printing is neat and legible.
  • Step 2: Give your history Communicate your education and work history accurately, being sure to explain any gaps.
  • TIP: Bring along a fact sheet with work details, contact numbers, addresses, and references to help you fill out the application.
  • Step 3: Be honest Be honest at all times when filling out the application. Lies and embellishments are eventually discovered.
  • Step 4: Apply specifically Apply for a specific position, rather than leaving it open-ended.
  • Step 5: Don’t leave blanks Fill out every section of the application, being sure not to leave any empty sections.
  • TIP: For sections that do not apply, simply write "N/A," or draw three consecutive dashes.
  • Step 6: Sign Sign and date the application.
  • Step 7: Double check Proofread your application before turning it in.
  • Step 8: Submit Submit your application to the hiring manager with a copy of your resume.
  • FACT: The U.S. unemployment rate hit a 26-year high of 9.6 percent in August 2009.

You Will Need

  • Blue or black pen
  • Resume
  • Fact sheet (optional)

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