Career Advice

Navigating Job Applications for Newbies

Get A Career 12 January, 2022

If you are getting ready to fill out your first job application, you might be feeling a little bit lost. Learning how to navigate an application is a skill that will serve you well your whole life. Although each application will be different, there are certain things all applications have in common. Let's look at a few of those areas.

Personal Information

A job application will usually start off with a section about collecting your personal information. This will include your basic info like name, address, contact information, and more. It is very important that this information is accurate. You would hate to miss out on a job just because the hiring manager couldn't get in touch with you because your information was not correct. It is also important to put down all of your personal information accurately for legal reasons as well. You need to present yourself honestly for any possible job you are applying for.

Work Experience

The work experience section of the application is where you will describe to the prospective employer where you have previously worked and what type of experience you have gained from that employment. If you are new to the workforce, you may feel a little baffled by this section. It is difficult to share work experience if you have not previously had a job. You can still add important information to this section, however. You can include information about work you have done on a voluntary basis here, or experience you have gotten doing certain tasks even if it was not in a work environment.

Skills

Under skills, you will want to list any work-related skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. It is important that you only include information that is relevant here. If you list anything that a hiring manager would not find relevant, they may dismiss your application quickly.

The best way to get acquainted with job applications is to put in several. The more applications you fill out and submit the better you will get at this important life skill.