1. Write clearly and concisely so your application is easy to read. Use a blue pen, if possible, to set your handwriting apart from the standard black copy on the application form. If you are submitting a form electronically, use spell-check to ensure your form is typo and error-free.
2. Use every opportunity presented to show your personality. The best place to do this is typically with open-ended questions that ask you to describe yourself, your previous job responsibilities or your work philosophy. Use descriptive phrasing that is honest and confident, but not self-serving or boastful. Quantify your achievements where possible. For example, “Introduced a comprehensive customer service program that increased repeat business by 35 percent over 18 months” sounds more impressive than, “Helped keep more customers at last job.”
3. Complete the application in its entirety. If a section does not apply to you or the position for which you are applying, write “N/A,” which stands for, “not applicable.” This will let the application reviewer know you didn’t skip or miss a section.
4. Attach a cover letter. A cover letter allows you to personalize your application and help you stand out among the other job-seekers. It shows the potential employer that you are serious and interested in the job. The letter should address your qualifications and what attracted you to the position, as well as summarize why you are the best hire. For example: “I’m a long-time customer of your store and I think very highly of your line of products. In addition to my retail background, I am customer-focused, responsible, and would very much enjoy the opportunity to be part of your team.”