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When completing job applications, whether online or in print, you can probably expect to come across some variation of these common questions and fields.

Personal Information

 Expect to see a field for most of the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Age and/or date of birth
  • Social Security number

Military Status

Applications commonly ask if you are now or have ever been in enlisted in the military.

  • If you are not nor have you ever been a member of the military, simply select the answer declaring that you are not a veteran. For any further questions regarding military status, select or enter N/A on required fields.
  • If you are now or have ever been enlisted/on active duty, respond accordingly to any further questions regarding branch, rank, and specialty.


 High school:

  • Will include name of school, years attended, and whether or not diploma was achieved/in progress
  • May include address


  • Will include name of school, years attended, degree achieved, major
  • May include address

Work History

 Includes all information about all previous employment:

  • Will include name of company you worked for, years you worked for this company, job title, and typical duties you completed
  • May include name of supervisor, hours worked, address, phone number, reason for leaving.


 Most application ask for three or more personal references. These are people who know you in a professional capacity and who will be able to tell your prospective employer about your work ethic and habits.


Who to use?

  • Avoid using friends and relative as references, as these are personal and not professional relations.
  • Previous employers or coworkers
  • Teachers, coaches, or mentors


Not all applications ask for these; however, they may be requested during your interview, so be ready to provide them at a later point should your employer ask.


Applications will always conclude with your signature. This is where you will certify that you have reviewed all of the information you have provided and that it is correct to the best of your knowledge.


Online applications will ask for your electronic signature. Most commonly this will simply require you to type your full name and the date; however, some companies may have their own standards for the signature and will provide instructions for how it should be completed.


In print, you will simply be asked to sign your full legal name and to print the date.


  • Once you know what to expect to see on an application, prepare yourself by gathering all of this information beforehand in order to simplify the application process.
  • Follow the instructions on the application. There are general questions; however, each company may tweak their questions to their individual needs.
  • Proofread. Make sure the information is correct and is spelled correctly.
  • Dress appropriately when picking up or dropping off an application in person. Dress according to the job environment. Nice blue jeans and a polo may suffice in a casual environment such as a fast food restaurant, however in a business environment, slacks and skirts will be more appropriate. Dress one or two levels higher than the job you are applying for. It is better to be over dressed than to be under dressed.
  • Review sample applications online before filling out your own. Plenty of these can be found with a simple web search.

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Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.