Finding a Summer Job - Step 6: Be Ready to Complete a Job Application

Step 6: Be Ready to Complete a Job Application

When applying for certain jobs, such as summer camps, an application form is required instead of (or accompanied by) a résumé. Larger organizations will often ask you to complete a standard form, either online and/or in hardcopy format. The form itself is usually very straightforward, but here are a few tips to help you complete it properly:

• Follow directions carefully. If it says "PRINT" then print.

• Take your time and think about what you want to write.

• Ensure that you are answering the specific question asked of you.

• Complete each section in full sentences unless you are asked to do otherwise.

• Never leave a section blank unless it does not apply to you. If a question or section doesn't apply to you put "N/A" in the space. (N/A means "Not Applicable").

• Carry a copy of your résumé with you when completing the form so you can pull information right from the source.

• You might be required to provide the company’s name(s), supervisor’s name(s), phone number(s), and address(es) of previous employers, so have that information handy.

• Consider asking for two copies. Fill one out in pencil first and then submit your final copy in ink. Keep the first copy for your own records.

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