Help Wanted. Filling Out Applications | CareerAlley

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.“ - Aldous Huxley -

Author Byline: Matthew Warzel
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  • Look beyond newspaper ads!
  • Take time to visit different areas and look for NOW HIRING signs in retail and service spots!
  • Need to check community Web pages for community/local positions
  • Check Craigslist and other “free advertisement” websites


  • Greet the initial person politely and ask to fill out an application
  • Bring your resume with you
  • Take your references and employment history (with dates), skill’s information, & education information with you to your potential application sites in a binder
  • Apply for a specific position as opposed to writing “open to anything”
  • List your most recent job/education first
  • Fill it out patiently and neatly, with no errors or spelling mistakes!
  • Don’t leave anything blank! Write “does not apply” or “N/A” (not applicable) if the question doesn’t pertain to you & FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!
  • Be honest! The employer can come back and hold anything dishonest against you which can lead to you not getting the job
  • Take your own pen! It will make you look more professional!
  • Double check every section of the application
  • Speak with a manager when you hand in your application. You can make your first impression a good one right away. If you’re lucky, you can even get an interview scheduled. Remain positive and personable.
  • Do a follow-up with any application you turn in. Let the employer know that you are interested in the job and that you are persistent enough to follow through with the application.

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