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Job Applications

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When you apply for a job, you may be asked to fill out a job application. A job application is a chance for the employer to get to know you a little better. Applications come in different forms. Some you would fill out on paper, and others are online forms that you would fill out on the computer. Applications will ask you to provide a number of different things. Such as your personal information, such as your name, your address, or contact information. They'll also ask for the job title of the position that you're seeking. They'll ask about your educational experiences, whether you've graduated high school, gone on to pursue training, or college. Also ask for your work experience. Applications help an employer get a better understanding about your education, as well as your work history. It allows the employer to see how you are at following directions and to ensure that the information that you've provided is true and complete. The employer may also be looking at how neatly you fill out the application or to see if everything is spelled correctly. You fill out the application to show the employer that based on your education and your work experiences, that you are the person that they are looking for. This is important because this is your chance to make a first impression on the employer, and from your application, make them want to learn more about you. From looking at your application, you want the employer to decide that you are definitely the person they want for the job. And employers can be very picky when it comes to looking at job applications. But they need to be this picky. They often have a number of applications for one position, and they must weed through those applications to find the best qualified candidate. If a person hasn't followed the directions on the application, they'll be weeded out of the pool. If there are spelling errors or the application isn't written neatly, those individuals will be weeded out of the pool as well. And for these reasons, you can see that when filling out a job application, it's important to be very careful. So whether you're filling out a paper job application or an electronic job application, before you submit the application, it's important to make sure that all of the information provided is complete and true. And along your job search you'll be compiling a number of different documents that you'll want to include in your Job Search Portfolio. And before filling out a job application, we would suggest that you make a copy of the blank application form so that if you were to have a spelling error or any other type of error, you'd have a blank copy on reserve to begin with again. It's best to fill out a job application on paper in blue or black ink, specifically erasable ink, so that you can correct any error that occurs. Once you feel your application is ready, it's a good idea to pass it along to family members or friends, people whom you can trust to proofread your application and make sure that it's just right. And once you, as well as they, think your application is ready, it's a good idea to make a copy of it and hold onto it because most job applications for different employers will ask for similar types of information, and you can use this original application to guide you in filling out future applications. As you fill out job applications, you should always save copies of them because oftentimes you won't be able to download and save electronic applications, and you'll have paper applications saved to assist you. PEPNet has created a Job Application Worksheet, where you can list your work history, your experiences, your education, and any number of items that will be required on a job application, and you can download this form from online and fill out the appropriate information. You can get this worksheet by going to the PEPNet website and once there, you'll look for the Getting a Job video series. There you'll see a link entitled Supporting Documents. Each document is related to a video in the series, and for this video you can download the Job Application worksheet.

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What is the purpose of a job application? This segment focuses on job applications and looks at how they are used by employers. Job seekers need to make sure they are thorough, neat, and accurate when filling out an application. Part of the "Getting a Job" series.

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Runtime: 7 minutes

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