Filling Out Application Forms
- Fill out the application form in ink—or use a typewriter.
- Answer every question that applies to you. If a question does not apply or is illegal, you may write N/A, meaning not applicable, or draw a line through the space to show that you did not overlook the question.
- Give your complete address, including zip code.
- Spell correctly. If you aren’t sure how to spell a word, use the dictionary or try to use another word with the same meaning.
- A question on job preference or “job for which you are applying” should be answered with a specific job title or type of work. Do not write “anything.”
- Employers expect you to state clearly what kind of work you can do.
- Have a prepared list of schools attended and previous employers. Include addresses and dates of employment.
- Be prepared to provide several good references. It is advisable to ask permission of those you plan to list.
- When you write or sign your name on the application, use your formal name—not a nickname. Your first name, middle initial, and last name are usually preferred. (Use upper and lower case letters)
- Be as neat as possible. Employers expect that your application will be an example of your best work.
Exploring the Job Market
Job Search Strategies
- Temporary Service Firms
- Job Fairs
- Internships and Volunteer Activities
- Apply directly to employers (Be sure to get the hiring managers name)
- Answer Newspaper Ads
- Use State Job Service-www.illinoisskillsmatch.com
Remember to follow-up with a phone call after sending out cover letters and resumes.