Applying for Jobs
Employment can be beneficial for youth by teaching responsibility, organization, and time management and helping to establish good work habits, experience, and financial stability.
When Filling Out Job Applications:
Be detailed oriented. When completing a handwritten application, be sure to use your best handwriting.
Fill in the entire application. Do not leave any spaces blank. Employers look for how well you can follow directions.
Make a list of quality references (name, contact and job title). Be sure to list all your accolades, and past experience.
Follow up with the employer to see if they received your application. Also, remember to check your voicemail.
Measure Twice; Cut ONCE
Meaning: Always check behind yourself!
Employers all ask for pretty much the same information, often even in the same order. Makes applying easier next time.
Before submitting application in person or digitally, double check for spelling and grammatical errors.
How to fill out a Job Application
When filling out an application in person, be prepared for an interview. You never know if the company will have a few minutes and are in a hurry to hire someone. So come dressed to impress!
READ, READ, READ
Be sure to complete the entire application and pay attention to details. Employers may use the application form to judge how well you follow instructions
Hand Written Application
Be sure to use black or blue ink. DO NOT use any colorful ink.
Give complete and accurate names, dates, addresses, phone numbers, job titles, dates of employment, etc. Use your resume as a guide and make sure it lines up. Do not write/type "anything" for when position is asked.
Employers may use this question to screen out applicants. Be sure to research the average salary of the job. It is best to give a salary range or to respond with “negotiable."
Reason for Leaving
Do not bash your previous employers. Acceptable answers include: “school conflict,” “conflicting hours,” “better opportunities for advancement,” or “seasonal employment.”