Completing an Application
Application Do's and Don'ts
- NEAT! NEAT! NEAT!
- Type application if possible. Otherwise, print or write neatly.
- Never lie on an application. It could be cause for not getting the job, or losing the job later.
- Follow directions as stated on the application, such as "Print all information", "Use black ink only", etc.
- Complete each item. If it does not apply, put N/A (Non Applicable), so that the person reviewing the application knows that you have just not missed that line.
- Always start with most recent first in listing schools and employment.
- Reason for leaving should be as positive as possible.
- When listing job duties, list the most important or the ones that consume the most time first.
- Use descriptive verbs when listing job duties. Do not use personal pronouns such as "I". All they do is take up space.
- Be sure application is clean - no wrinkles, coffee stains, tire tracks, etc.
- Be sure to sign it!
Resume Do's and Don'ts
- Resume must always be typed. Develop a basic resume and store it on a disc, then it will be easy to adapt to specific jobs.
- Your resume must be NEAT! No typos, misspelled words, coffee stains, tire tracks, etc. Make sure the dog or your kids do not get a hold of it!
- SELL YOURSELF! Tell the employer what you can do for him/her. They want to know what you can do to make their business successful.
- Start job duty sentences with a verb - not "I". That wastes unnecessary space.
- Do not repeat the verbs - keep a list and vary them.
- Keep resume simple and easy to read. Using bullets for your job duties is a good idea. Most employers spend only 30 - 45 seconds reading a resume, so you need to make it easy for them to find the information they need.
- Always start with the most recent job and work backwards.
- It is not necessary to list your reason for leaving on the resume.
- Do not include any personal information which could be discriminatory such as age, ethnic background, sex, etc.
- Do not list hobbies unless they relate directly to the job.
- Type resume in a professional format. This is no time to be "cutesy".
- Use good quality bond paper in a neutral color such as ivory, gray or off-white.
- References: list name, title, address and phone where they can most likely be reached during the day. Always ask them before using their name. It is also a good idea to tell them if you know someone is going to be calling them so that they can be prepared.
- Always include a cover letter with your resume. The cover letter should be printed on the same paper as your resume.
- There are three basic types of resumes
- Chronological - standard format which lists jobs and dates in chronological order
- Functional - format which emphasizes skills rather than dates. Is useful when you have had a spotty work history or when your skills are not directly related to the job you are applying for.
- Combination - Uses the best of both of the above formats. It is a good way to focus on your skills while still listing your job history with dates.