Why Are Employment Application Forms Necessary?

If You Skip This Part of the Process, You Could Cost Yourself a Job

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After spending time carefully constructing your resume, with detailed dates of employment, references from management and responsibilities, nothing is more frustrating than being handed an employment application that asks for the exact same information. While you may be tempted to just write in "see resume" or staple your resume to the application, resist the urge. Employers know it's redundant, but it's a pivotal part of the process you need to complete in order to be considered for a role.


After some practice by filling out several of them, employment applications will become easy, albeit tedious. Below are tips for using the employment application to your advantage.

Practice makes Perfect

Download a free blank employment application sample and practice filling it out. That way you can be sure you have all the information you need, in advance.

If you are applying for a position in person, ask for an employment application form, then take it home with you to complete it. You can take your time filling it out so it will be neat and tidy, as well as accurate.

Online Employment Applications

Remember that employment applications for many companies are available online. For example, a Walmart Employment Application can be completed online for available positions. Other large employers offer a similar service. In fact, some employers no longer accept paper applications and require applicants to apply via their company website or a job board.

Online applications can take some time to type in the information and move from step to step, but try not to get impatient or sloppy. Double check your information to make sure it's accurate and remember to upload an updated resume and personalized cover letter

In-Person Interviews

In some cases, you will be handed an employment application when you've shown up to interview for a role.

You are required to fill out the forms on the spot, which can make it tricky if you need to recall exact dates or phone numbers. It's completely acceptable to bring a cheat sheet to interviews, such as a sample application you filled out or a document listing past employer addresses, phone numbers, contacts and reference information. 

Follow the Rules

Many companies put seemingly trivial instructions in job descriptions, such as "no phone calls" "do not apply in person." Follow these instructions exactly; violating their rules shows you did not read the description, or worse, cannot take direction. 

Being accurate, submitting the application as requested and following the rules will help set you apart from other candidates far more than any gimmick. 

While employment applications can be annoying and time-consuming, remember that they are a necessary part of the hiring process, and going along with it can lead you to a terrific job opportunity. Handle the process graciously and politely to stand out to employers. 



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