Applications can be picked up in person or found online under a company website’s Careers, Jobs, Join Us or About Us sections. Here are some basic tips for making a positive impression through a job application:
- Use proper spelling. Encourage your child to write answers in a Word Document and check the spelling and grammar before copying and pasting them into the final application.
- Avoid contractions. For example, change “don’t” to “do not.”
- Try not to leave anything blank. If the application asks for work experience, your teen can include babysitting or volunteer work and list wages as $0 – or if there is space, to write, “Volunteer.”
- If your teen must leave something blank, he or she should write, “N/A” (not applicable). This demonstrates attention to detail.
- For available hours, your teen should provide a specific range like, “4:00pm-10:00pm,” instead of giving a general answer like, “after school,” “evening,” or “open.”
Tips for paper applications:
- Keep it NEAT! There should be no stains, wrinkles or white-out. Your teen should make a copy of the application and write a rough draft—then review and rewrite the best answers on the original. They should carry all applications and resumes in a folder; it looks extra professional, and it keeps important papers safe.
- Use good handwriting! Potential employers often use handwriting to judge whether an applicant is neat, sloppy, organized, or consistent.
Tips for online applications:
- While it is sometimes more convenient to complete applications online, most of the young people at Mercy Home are hired after a one-on-one meeting with prospective employers. Because teens have less work experience, they need to capitalize on their personalities and professional interactions.