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How to Complete a Job Application


Glasses and an employment application
Geri Lavrov

Job Applicaton Information:
Job Application Guide

When you apply for a job you are typically asked to complete an employment application. You may be asked to complete a job application even if you have already submitted a resume and cover letter. That way, the employer has a record of your personal and employment history, verified and signed by the applicant.

It's important for your job applications to be complete, correct (no errors) and accurate. Here is the information you will need to complete an application for employment and tips and suggestions for writing applications that make a great impression.

Regardless of whether you complete an online job application or apply in-person, make sure you have all information you need ready before you apply for a job.

Job Application Form Details:

Personal Information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • City, State, Zip Code
  • Phone Number
  • Eligibility to Work in US
  • Felony convictions
  • If under age, working paper certificate


  • Schools/Colleges Attended
  • Major
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Graduation Dates(s)

Position Applied For Information:

  • Title of the job you are applying for
  • Hours/days available to work
  • When you can start work

Employment Information:

  • Names, addresses, phone numbers of previous employers
  • Supervisor's name
  • Dates of employment
  • Salary
  • Reason for Leaving


  • List of three references - names, job title or relationship, addresses, phone numbers

Resume (if you have one)

Tips for Completing Job Applications:

Complete all requested information. Don't leave anything blank. If you don't know the details, bring the application home and return it when it's completed.

Write clearly and neatly, using black or blue ink.

Check for spelling and grammatical errors. Proofread your job application form before turning it in.

List your most recent job first when completing employment information.

List your most recent education first. Include vocational schools and training programs as well as college and high school.

References don't necessarily have to be professional. If you have volunteered you can use members of the organizations that you have helped or if you are a student use your teachers. In all cases, ask for permission prior to using the person for a reference.

Don't forget to sign your application!

Sample Job Applications:

Review sample job applications to give you an idea of what you are going to be asked. Print one or two out and complete them, so you know you have all the information ready to complete actual employment applications.

Sample Job Application Letters:

Need to mail a job application or follow-up on an application you have submitted? Review the sample job application letters for examples of what to write and how to follow-up.

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