Completing Employment Applications

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
  • Networking
  • Internet
  • Internships and Volunteer Activities
  • Portfolio
  • 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.