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Filling out a job application can sometimes be a time consuming, stressful experience. Here are some suggestions to help make the process a bit easier.

Be prepared to list a current address or phone number where you can be reached. If you don't have a telephone, fill in the number of someone who will agree to give you a message should an employer wish to contact you.

If you have no prior work history, but do have educational experiences with the job you are applying for, be sure to mention that on the application. Everyone has to start somewhere! Above all, be truthful. It doesn't help to fabricate job experience on an application.

If you have previous work experience, take a list of former places of employment, as well as addresses and contact names with you. Refer to this list when filling out the application. This way you won't forget to include possibly required and helpful information.

You will more than likely be asked to furnish personal and/or former job references. Before you fill out the application, think of folks who would give you a favorable reference. These can be long time friends, former co-workers or employers, clergy, or teachers. Tell these people that you intend to use them as job references. Have their addresses and phone numbers jotted down so that you can fill in the appropriate spaces in the application.

If a resume is required, there are lots of informational sites on the Internet or at the library that will help you prepare one.

Submit the application within the time frame specified by your potential employer. Be sure to fill in all required fields, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask some to help you! Above all, present as professional image as possible, and be prepared to start your new job as soon as you are called. Good luck.