Job Application Forms

The purpose of this article is twofold.  By providing an example of a job application, employers can use the document provided as a guide.  In the same way, anyone that's never completed a form before can gain a better understanding of the information asked on an application.

Completing Job Applications

We've already thoroughly covered the topic of completing a document in our article:  Filling Out Job Applications.  There we explain why employers use applications to assemble information on job candidates, as well as the types of information that are gathered using these forms.  That article also provides several helpful hints on filling out an application.

A brief summary of this information appears below:

  • Applications are used by companies to ensure consistent information is gathered from all individuals being considered for employment in the company.
  • When applying for a job, care must be taken to follow all directions appearing on the form.  This includes both completing all of the sections with the required information, as well as tailoring answers to the target job.
  • The answers provided on all forms should always be truthful.  It is not uncommon for people to lose their jobs because they lied on an application.

Required Information

To help visualize exactly what this document might look like, we've put together a sample job application form.  As is the case with all of the documents appearing on this website, this generic form can be downloaded for free.  The example is in a Word format that is a fully functional and printable form that has been modeled after real world applications.

It's also quite detailed; our application asks the job applicant to supply some nineteen different types of information including:

  • Educational Background:  the schools attended, including high school and college.
  • Work Experience:  the places worked in the past, very similar to the format used on a resume.
  • Job Skills:  the important expertise acquired over time.
  • References:  coworkers that can accurately assess the job candidate's abilities and potential.
  • Licenses Held:  includes professional accreditations such as a Certified Public Accountant, as well as licensing such as those held in the engineering field.
  • Job Duties:  the roles and responsibilities for each position held.
  • Reasons for Leaving:  it may be necessary for job candidates to explain why they left positions held in the past.
  • Work Start Dates:  the timeframe when a candidate would be available to report to work if offered a job.
  • Job Application Certification Statements:  a statement certifying the application has been filled out truthfully.

A lot of the information required to fill out a job application can be taken directly from a resume.  No one has ever been penalized for coming prepared, and that includes pulling out a resume to help complete the application.

Employers Seeking Examples of Job Applications

The example provided is really designed with the job applicant in mind.  Anyone planning to model their company's application after this example should ensure it's being customized to suit their company's needs.  That means making sure those customizations are aligned with any applicable laws in the state(s) where the company conducts business.

To save space, we've only included two sections for the candidate to describe prior work experience.  Typically, a job application will include four or more prior work experience sections.


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