Please pay close attention. An application is used as a process of elimination; therefore, you want to keep the employers interested for as long as possible. Here are a few tips that can help you get past to the next step: an interview.
1. Be honest about your education history. Do not extend the truth when it comes to your credentials. Unfortunately, there has been a rise in this type of fraud, therefore, the risk of an employer following up on this information has risen.
2. If you were fired from a job, be sure not to leave this part out of your experience. If an applications asks why you are no longer at a job, do not explain on the application, rather state that you will explain at a later time.
3. If you do not have any experience or have never had a job, do not automatically assume that you have no chance at gaining employment with a particular employer. Remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Since you may not have job experience, be sure to list any volunteer or charity work.
4. When giving an employer your references, be sure that these references are ones that are fully informed about it. The last thing you want to do is have the employer call and catch them off guard.
5. When asked how much you would like to make at this particular position, do not put down a dollar amount unless required. Rather, put ‘open for discussion’. This will assure you do not under sell or oversell yourself.