Weekly Workforce Development Skills: Complete a Job Application

June 17, 2024

Providence House continues to build our resident’s workforce development skills. Last week, we focused on finding a job. This week, we will learn skills for completing a job applciation. Staff uses this language in interactions with our residents this week.


Topic: Complete a Job Application
For many job hunters, filling out a job application is the first step in getting a job. For many employers, a job application is their first introduction to a future employee. A job application shows an employer what you’ve done and what you can do.

Sample Applications
You need a lot of information to complete a job application successfully. To make the process easier, you can review and complete sample job applications on paper or online. Do an online search for the phrase “sample job application forms.” You will find sample applications on many websites. Pick one and complete it. There are job centers in every state that will review your sample for free or you can use your workforce development coach. Keep your completed sample job application with you, and use it as a guide when you complete a real application.

Standard Information
Every application is a little different, but you usually start with your personal contact information. You also need a detailed employment history in which you list your most recent employment first, and move back in chronological order. You need the same information for your education.

Most employers ask for references. Prepare a list of references before applying for a job. These should be people who can answer questions about your skills and qualifications. References can be professional or personal. Pick your references carefully and be sure each one agrees to act as a reference for you before you list him or her. You don’t want someone to be surprised when a possible employer calls to ask about you!

Read through each application form completely before filling it out. Complete the application in blue or black ink if it is on paper. Always proofread your application. Thoroughly reread it to make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors and all the information is accurate. Don’t leave anything blank. If a question does not apply to you, write N/A (not applicable.)

Sign and date the form before you submit it. When you sign a job application, you are saying that everything you have written is true and correct. If it isn’t, you might not get or keep the job.


As Providence House staff talks with residents this week about the importance of job applications, they’ll also work to encourage them and remind them to use available workforce resources.


Workforce Development at Providence House is open to its residents and the community as a whole. Have questions? Contact Dr. Whittney Polley, Director of Education at 318-221-7887 or wpolley@theprovidencehouse.com.