In addition, to providing personal information, work history, education, qualifications and skills, you will also be asked to attest to the fact that all the information you are giving is accurate.
Not telling the truth, fudging employment dates, leaving out information, and other inaccuracies can be grounds for not being hired or for being terminated in the future if the company finds out your misrepresented your background or lied on the job application. The following is the information that is required to complete a job application:
Information Required to Complete a Job Application
- Address, city, state, zip code
- Phone number
- Email Address
- Social security number
- Are you eligible to work in the United States?
- If you are under age eighteen, do you have an employment certificate?
- Have you been convicted of a felony within the last five years? (information about convictions varies based on state law)
Education and Experience
- School(s) attended, degrees, graduation date
- Skills and qualifications
Employment History (for both current and prior positions)
- Address, phone, email
- Job title and responsibilities
- Starting and ending dates of employment
- Reason for leaving
- Permission to contact previous employer
References (usually three references)
- Job title
- Address, phone, email
How to Get References: Preparing a list of references is essential before applying for a job. References will be able to attest to the skills and qualifications listed on your resume. Professional references include bosses, colleagues, customers, and co-workers. Here's information on how and who to ask for a reference for employment.
Availability (when you could start the job and the days/hours you are available if it's a job with a flexible schedule)
- Days available
- Hours available
- Date you are available to start work
At the end of a job application there is usually a certification that you must sign and date:
I authorize the verification of the information listed above. I certify that the information contained in this employment application is accurate. I understand that false information may be grounds for not offering employment or for termination of employment at any point in the future.
By signing the certification you are attesting to the truth of the information you have included on the job application. If the application is online, you will click a box to acknowledge that you are submitting complete and accurate information. That checked box will count as your signature.
Depending on the company you may also need to submit a resume, cover letter and/or writing sample with your application:
Resume. A resume is the summary of your job experience relevant to the field of work you wish to enter. It also highlights achievements and skills that exhibit your qualifications for the job.
Cover Letter. A cover letter is a document that provides information about yourself and your interest in applying for the job. The most effective cover letters detail skills and relevant experience pertaining to the potential job.
Writing Sample. Depending on the job you are applying for, you may be required to submit a writing sample with your job 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.