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Tips for Filling Out Application Forms

BE CAREFUL If you are careful about following instructions on your application, an employer will probably think that you may be as careful as an employee.
BE NEAT Print or write clearly so that your application can be read easily. Use a reliable black or blue ink pen.
BE CERTAIN Before you begin to fill in the blanks, read everything on the application carefully. After you complete the form, read it again to ensure no information is missing.
BE PREPARED Fill out a sample application form to bring with you. You can obtain one from your Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions. By having all the information about yourself ready ahead of time, you will be complete and accurate.
BE ALERT If you are not sure about the meaning of abbreviations, etc., ask the person who gave you the form to explain.
BE COMPLETE Answer every question. If a question does not apply to you write "Does not apply." If you wish to discuss in interview write "Will discuss in interview." Remember, however, you do not have to answer illegal questions on applications or interviews (See:  Know Your Legal Rights).
BE CORRECT Watch your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
BE THOROUGH Describe 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 ACCURATE Make certain all information is correct. Check employment dates, telephone numbers, and addresses for accuracy.
BE PRUDENT When listing references, be sure to contact them ahead of time. Have enough references so that you can alternate them every other application. Otherwise, they will be receiving constant phone calls about you.

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