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How to Fill Out A Paper Job Application Form

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Depending on what kind of job you are applying for, you may be requested to fill out a job application form in addition to a resume. Companies that still require paper applications include temporary and Temp to Hire recruiters, retail businesses and the food industry trade.

This ensures an employer that you are stating that the information you are giving to a potential employer is correct and accurate. This gives an employer a record of your personal and employment history, verified and signed by the applicant. It's important for your job applications to be complete, correct (no errors), neat and accurate. Here are tips for completing applications that makes a great impression.

Step 1

It may sound obvious, but always make sure you have at least two pens with you that actually work. Invest $5 to $10 in a good quality pen that will not leak ink or stop writing after a few seconds.

Step 2

Have all of your previous and current employer information with you and ready. This includes, addresses, phone numbers and contact names. Also make sure that you have proper identification as well as your social security card.

Step 3

Be prepared to spend a minimum of twenty minutes on each application. If you try to rush through an application, your application will look messy and you will make spelling mistakes. Take your time and do it right the first time.

Step 4

Fill out all of the application questions. If something doesn’t apply to you write in ‘Not Applicable’.

Step 5

Some managers or career recruiters may decide to interview on the spot. Be prepared not only with pens and information but in clothing. Wear casual and comfortable clothing that is a combination of business and flexible.



  • List of three quality references with their contact information
  • Bring a list of your previous jobs
  • Bring a resume and attach it to the application if you can


  • Don’t scribble or scratch out information, use white out.
  • Don't lie about anything