Many people think the interview is the first step in finding a job. What most people don't know is that the application is really the first step. A job application is the first contact you have with a future employer, even before you meet them face to face for an interview. Your application has the power to land you the job, or prohibit you from getting it.

For the Applicant

When filling out your application for a job, be sure to read all directions thoroughly. If you improperly fill out an application, you are likely to make a bad impression on anyone reading it since you could not follow simple directions. Fill out all portions of the application that apply to you. If a field does not apply to you, leave a brief sentence explaining so. This will show that you know how to pay attention to detail. Proofread your application and any other communication you send to recruiters. Check for spelling and grammatical errors and be sure to include all attachments that could help qualify you for the position.

For the Recruiter

Trying to weed through applications in order to find the perfect candidate can be difficult and time consuming. In order to find the best candidate, you should consider using an application questionnaire that's tailored to the specific job posting. A generic application will include fields that you might not need, while leaving off important details you will want to know. In addition to asking the right questions, you can use various recruitment tools in order to attract the right applicants. 

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