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Learn how to properly complete a job application to increase your chances of getting hired and avoid mistakes that get you screened out.


Job applications are an unavoidable part of the process of getting a job. All too often, job seekers fail to give this step the attention needed.  Most job seekers spend about 1 minute reading a job description before applying... and over 50% of applicants for a job do not meet basic qualifications. 


Make your application stand out with the following tips:

  • Read the job description thoroughly and ensure that you meet minimum qualifications before applying.
  • Be prepared to fill out the job application in a timely manner.  Consider having an application "Cheat Sheet" with answers to common application questions such as employment history, education, and references.
  • Read and follow the directions in the job description or the application.
  • Fill out applications completely.  Do not leave any question blank - if it does not apply to you, write "N/A."
  • Proofread and review your application before submitting.  Check for simple grammar and spelling errors.  Ensure that your contact information is correct and that you uploaded the correct version of your resume.
  • Remember that a job application is a legal document.  Providing false information can be held against you and result in termination of the job or can prevent you from being hired.


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