Employment Applications

Application Tips

  1. Create a master employment application form. Invest the initial effort to compile a complete, correctly spelled application with all current addresses and dates of former employment.
  2. Check over the application before filling it out. Many applications have instructions or comments of which you should be aware before answering. Read the fine print. By complying with instructions, you indicate to your prospective employer your ability to follow directions and your attention to detail.
  3. If you have questions contact the HR department before completing the application.
  4. Fill out the application neatly and carefully. Take the time to copy the information carefully from your master application, printing or typing legibly. Filling out the application at home might enable you to feel more relaxed and less rushed.
  5. Re-read and check your completed application carefully to ensure no typos or data errors.
  6. Customize the job duties and answers to other questions to best demonstrate that you are qualified for the position.
  7. Address all of the questions, leaving nothing blank. If there is a question to which you do not wish to respond, or that you think is inappropriate, use the following responses:
    • Flexible
    • N/A
    • Negotiable
    • Open
    • Willing to provide
    • Open to discuss
    • Prior
  8. Use blue or black ink when filling out the final application.
  9. Photocopy or download your completed application to keep for your files.
  10. For online applications, verify that the company is real. Conduct a web search on the company and read any posts about the company; check the URL to make sure it matches the company (when you hover over a link the URL is displayed at the bottom on the web browser); go directly to the company’s website to complete the application instead of clicking on a link that was emailed to you.
  11. Do not provide any personal information (e.g., financial information, passwords, mother’s maiden name).
  12. When completing the application online, if you are not sure which fields are required, complete any field and submit the page. The page will reload and identify the required fields.



Background Checks

Below are the most common background checks conducted by employers. Although these are the most common, it does not mean that all employers will do these checks on all candidates. Checks are most often based on the type of position. Under the California Fair Credit and Reporting Act, you are entitled to a copy of any background check conducted by an employer. Take a look at this site for more information on background checks or click on any link below for details on that specific topic.

Employment History
License Check
Social Security #
Workers’ Compensation Record