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Never list the salary you desire on an application

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Never list the salary you desire on an application

An article written by Tulsa Medical Staffing Experts – Trinity Employment Specialist

If you place an exact wage you will accept, you limit yourself.  Example:  when asked about your salary expectations, if you put $10/hr and the employer is only willing to pay $9.50/hr, you will not be considered.  On the other hand, if you put $10/hr and the employer is willing to pay $12/hr then you limit yourself in that situation as well.  Your best option is to list “open”, or “negotiable” in this blank.

Print clearly, make sure you use proper grammar and make sure that you have no misspelled words. 

If you are not confident that you can fill out the application clearly without errors on the first application that is given to you; I recommend that when you go into Human Resources to pick up an application that you ask for two applications in case you need to start over.  Before you return the application to Human Resources, make sure to read over it and check for errors.

Make sure you fill in all blanks: 

Make sure that before you hand in your application you read over the entire application, making sure that all blanks are filled in and the application is complete.  If certain questions do not apply to you, DO NOT LEAVE IT BLANK!  Write “N/A” (not applicable), communicating to the Tulsa employer that you have addressed the question and it does not apply to you.

Sell yourself if the application gives you the chance:

When the application gives you a chance to sell yourself by asking something like “please list any other skills that qualify you for this position”, take the time to fill it out in its entirety.  This is an opportunity for you to sell yourself.

List the skills and qualifications you think the employer will want to hear:

Make sure the qualifications you list relate to the position you are applying for.

 Be as positive as possible:

When the application asks why you have left each position try to be as positive as possible.  Do not write something that is negative about your last employer, even though it may have been a very negative experience for you.

 If you have been convicted of a crime: 

You need to answer the questions regarding your criminal history truthfully.  If you have been convicted of a crime, mark “yes”, and in the blank it gives for you to explain write “would like the opportunity to explain in an interview”.  If you have been charged, but not yet convicted, you should mark “no” because you have not been convicted, you have only been charged.  All you need to remember is to be truthful.  Almost any reputable employer will run a background check and will find out if you are lying.

TAKE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT:

A thought to remember – if you do not have time to do it right the first time, when are you going to have the time to do it again.

Never list the salary you desire on an application:  

If you place an exact wage you will accept, you limit yourself.  Example:  when asked about your salary expectations, if you put $10/hr and the employer is only willing to pay $9.50/hr, you will not be considered.  On the other hand, if you put $10/hr and the employer is willing to pay $12/hr then you limit yourself in that situation as well.  Your best option is to list “open”, or “negotiable” in this blank.

Print clearly, make sure you use proper grammar and make sure that you have no misspelled words. 

If you are not confident that you can fill out the application clearly without errors on the first application that is given to you; I recommend that when you go into Human Resources to pick up an application that you ask for two applications in case you need to start over.  Before you return the application to Human Resources, make sure to read over it and check for errors.

Make sure you fill in all blanks: 

Make sure that before you hand in your application you read over the entire application, making sure that all blanks are filled in and the application is complete.  If certain questions do not apply to you, DO NOT LEAVE IT BLANK!  Write “N/A” (not applicable), communicating to the employer that you have addressed the question and it does not apply to you.

 Sell yourself if the application gives you the chance:

When the application gives you a chance to sell yourself by asking something like “please list any other skills that qualify you for this position”, take the time to fill it out in its entirety.  This is an opportunity for you to sell yourself.

 List the skills and qualifications you think the employer will want to hear:

Make sure the qualifications you list relate to the position you are applying for.

 Be as positive as possible:

When the application asks why you have left each position try to be as positive as possible.  Do not write something that is negative about your last employer, even though it may have been a very negative experience for you.

If you have been convicted of a crime: 

You need to answer the questions regarding your criminal history truthfully.  If you have been convicted of a crime, mark “yes”, and in the blank it gives for you to explain write “would like the opportunity to explain in an interview”.  If you have been charged, but not yet convicted, you should mark “no” because you have not been convicted, you have only been charged.  All you need to remember is to be truthful.  Almost any reputable employer will run a background check and will find out if you are lying.

TAKE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT:

A thought to remember – if you do not have time to do it right the first time, when are you going to have the time to do it again.