Applications are an important component of the job search and should be taken very seriously. How you complete the application will tell the employer a lot about who you are as a person and an employee. Just like everything else in the job search process, the application is serious business.
What TO do:
What NOT to do:
Use common sense when completing the application. By not following directions you are telling a potential employer that you won’t follow them on the job either. A messy application shows that you don’t have respect for your work or for other people’s time. Vague information and spelling errors prove that you can’t pay attention to details and follow through an entire project. Listing specific salary requirements tells them you are rigid and inflexible - something most employers want to avoid.
An employer will learn a lot about you from your application. Make sure you take the time to project a positive and professional image.