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Chapter I. Selling Yourself on Paper
Filling Out Application Forms
BE CAREFULIf you are careful to follow application instructions, an employer will probably think you will as careful as a worker.
BE NEATPrint or write clearly so that your application can be read easily. Use a reliable black or blue pen.
BE CERTAINBefore you begin filling in the blanks, read everything on the application carefully. After you complete the form, read it again to ensure it is complete and accurate.
BE PREPAREDHave all the information about yourself written down ahead of time, and bring it with you. In this way, you will be complete and accurate.
BE ALERTIf you are not sure about anything on the form, for example, abbreviations, ask the person who gave you the form to explain.
BE COMPLETEAnswer every question. If a question does not apply to you, write, "Does not apply." If you wish to discuss the point in the interview, write, "Will discuss in interview." Remember, however, that you do not have to answer illegal questions on applications or in interviews. (see Know Your Legal Rights in Chapter III).
BE CORRECTDouble check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
BE THOROUGHDescribe all your skills and abilities. Also, list the kinds of computers, machinery, equipment, and tools you are able to use. Indicate any licenses you may have.
BE ACCURATEMake certain all information is correct. Check employment dates, telephone numbers, and addresses for accuracy.
Copyright 2008 Career Planning Associates. Distributed by Pearson.
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