A job application is a standard company document prepared by an employer with queries considered relevant to the prospective employee. It's used firstly to identify the right candidate to fill an important role within the organization. Secondly, it acts as a tool to communicate a candidate's qualifications and experience to the prospective employer. Thirdly, job applications lay the foundation for the candidate's professional career. Fourthly, job applications lay the basic framework upon which a candidate's personal achievements and capabilities are assessed. Lastly, job applications are the beginning of a candidate's career in a particular organization.
Nowadays, job applications have become a major marketing and sales tool for businesses. In fact, job applications form the basis of the candidates' pre-employment screening. Candidates who lack a proper understanding on how to fill the forms improperly are being referred to HR (Human Resource Department) to fill the vacant position. Many times candidates apply for a position based on false information or incomplete information and end up getting rejected. Moreover, most of the time those who are being referred to the HR because of their mistakes end up getting stuck in a never ending cycle of reapplication and being passed over for the next available position.
So, how to ensure a successful job application? First of all, you need to remember that you can't wear your work history or education to the 'writing hat'. Most often, companies prefer to see a detailed description and history of work over a resume. Therefore, if you want to stand out from the rest, provide detailed information about your past job descriptions, work history, education as well as awards and recognition you've received.
Another important thing that you need to keep in mind is that employers don't like job applications that are filled with generic information. When you're submitting a resume, most often the employer will request you to write something about yourself. Make sure you're writing about yourself and not just about your experiences.
In addition, avoid writing a resume that sounds as if you're too busy to do work. Remember that employers are hiring people to do different jobs. They don't want someone who's too much of 'life' or 'activity' on their job application. Employers want to have a sense of reliability and they'll be more inclined to hire someone with steady work habits.
Lastly, avoid using language that may be difficult to read or comprehend when it comes into contact with other people. Most of the time, job application forms contain information in various languages. For instance, if you're applying for a position in a hospital, the language might be French or German. If you're applying for different positions in different places, make sure you use the appropriate language for the job application.