Imagine this: you’re a fresh college graduate, ready to face the new and great world of corporate success. You’ve prepared yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally – on landing that one, exciting, one-of-a-kind job. You’ve actually been to interviews – a lot, actually – but you’ve never seemed to get past to any final job interviews/offers. So what’s wrong?
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Chances are, you’ve done something wrong in filling up those necessary job application forms. Commonly underestimated, dreaded because of the amount of time they consume, you just need to face the truth – filling up job application forms properly is an essential step (a hurdle, for some) on securing a certain career position.
To help you out, here are a few reminders on filling up a proper, correct and beneficial job application form:
Spell me right – most aspiring job applicants often think that job application forms are just for the human resource’s filing purposes. That is indeed true, although there’s more to that. Proper spelling (especially your desired employer/firm’s name) reflects that you take special consideration, not to mention the time, on making sure that everything you placed on your form is correct. And in terms of correct, not just the information asked for, but for the spelling as well.
A tense situation – just like spelling, check your grammar. Aside from filing purposes, firm employers actually read through the forms. Imagine their horror if they have to read through something pretentious, or go through a form as if written by a child. As a note, always check your grammar tense. More often than not, if a sentence starts in the past tense, it always has to end in the past tense.
If it’s there, then it’s there – don’t leave any blanks on your job application form (not unless explicitly stated). The job form lets applicants – the potential employees – answer questions in order for the company to know whether they can trust these individuals as investments. The questions, no matter how silly (by silly, psychology tests or essays some firms ask their applicants) will show how well you do on assessing critical scenarios, situations and instances that may happen on the job.
Patience is a virtue well rewarded – whether the job application form is to be done online or before a job interview, always take the time to go through every detail. Proofread, if you must, just so you can be confident with the information you’ve supplied. And never rush answering these forms. It’s better to get something done in a slow, relaxed manner than fumble a job up in a mad, chaotic rush.
As you may have noticed, these are some very simple, easy-to-do reminders. And just like doing a task as easy as filing up a job form, these reminders can easily be well forgotten. Just remember to take job forms seriously, and good luck! Hope you do get that job!