Getting ready to start a job search? This job application guide includes information on how to complete a job application, paper job applications, online applications, and employer direct applications.
Also review job application samples, examples, and forms and everything else you need to know to successfully apply for a job.
Online Job Applications
There are thousands sites where you can post your resume online and complete an online job application. Some sites let you upload an existing resume with the click of a button. On other sites, you can copy and paste or use a resume building wizard. Here's how to apply for a job online.
In Person Job Applications
Many companies, especially retail and hospitality employers, expect applicants to apply in person. It's not as complicated as applying online, but you will need to be prepared to apply and interview on the spot.
Email Job Applications
When you are using email to apply for jobs, it's important that all your communications are as professional as they would be if you were mailing a paper resume and cover letter. Here's advice on how to submit job applications via email.
Information Required to Complete a Job Application
When you complete a job application, regardless of whether it is a paper application or an online job application, there is information you will need to provide in order to complete the job application and submit your application for employment.
How to Complete a Job Application
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.
Job Application Mistakes to Avoid
A mistake in your job application can cost you an interview. Here are some of the most common mistakes applicants make on employment applications and how to avoid them.
Sample Employment Applications
Review sample employment application forms, then download a copy, print, and fill it out so you know what information you need to have ready to apply for jobs.
Supporting Documents for a Job Application
Supporting documents are the documents that may be required when applying for a job. Supporting documentation for a job application may include a resume, a cover letter, your transcript, a writing sample, Veterans' Preference documents, portfolios, certifications, a reference list, letters of recommendation, employment certificates, and other supporting documentation as specified in the job posting.
Letter of Application Writing Guidelines
Guidelines for writing a letter of application for employment, including what should be included in the letter, choosing a font size and style, and letter spacing and formatting.
Required Job Application Forms
In many cases, even if you submit a resume, you will also be asked to complete a job application. This way the employer will have consistent data on file for all prospective applicants. Also, your signature on the job application acknowledges that the information is accurate.
Apply Direct at Company Websites
You can go directly to the source and search for and apply for jobs online directly on many company web sites. At most company sites, you can apply for all level positions online - from part-time hourly jobs to top management positions.
Apply at a Hiring Kiosks
Hiring kiosks allow job applicants to fill out online job applications (instead of paper ones) while in a store or office.
Part-Time Job Applications
Applying for a part-time job is a little different from applying for a full-time professional position. You may not need a resume and cover letter, but you should follow these basic rules.
Job Application Letters
Review advice on writing job application letters and sample job application letters to send with your resume when applying for jobs.
Job Application Tips
Before you complete a job application, either online or in-person, it's important to have all the information you need to complete the application on hand. Review these job application tips to be sure you're prepared to submit an application for employment.
Job Application Rules
The most important rule to remember when applying for jobs is to follow the directions. If the employer tells you to apply in person, don't call. If the job posting says to mail your resume, do not send it via email. When the job listing says apply via a form on the company web site, don't email your application directly to Human Resources. There is not much more annoying to hiring managers than job seekers who don't follow the rules!