Why the Employment Application Still Matters

Posted: 04/09/15 | Category: Job Search

Working with a recruiter eases a lot of the application process. There’s no need to spend all your free hours searching. It’s not necessary to keep an eye glued on the job boards at all hours. Recruiters make all the major arrangements, so your time is your own.

Because of that accepted ease, we often get questions about why candidates, on top of sending in a resume, still need to fill out a detailed employment application. Isn’t most of the information already on the resume?

When in Rome or Vienna or Comoros

There are some clear similarities between joining a new company and the immigration process. When going through the formal immigration process, you do whatever is necessary to accommodate the country to where you are getting citizenship.

Some countries are very easy. The island nation of Comoros grants citizenship if you fill out simple paper work and have enough money. Others are more complicated. Austria requires a resident permit before entering the country, a signed Integration Agreement (agreeing to “to participate in the social, economic and cultural life in Austria”), and a continuous residency of 15 to 30 years.

It’s a bit exhausting, but migrants who want to be legal Austrians do it. And thankfully, an employment application will never be anything as complicated as a 15 to 30 year waiting list.

Making Hiring You Easy for Employers

Most employers don’t want to arbitrarily lead you through hoops like a trained Pomeranian. When they ask for applicants to fill out an employment application form, it’s to get some uniformity.

Resumes rely on a general format. Outside of the big pillars (Name, Contact Info, Employers, Education, etc.), that information can be scattered or incomplete. An employment application gives you a chance to tell the employer what they need to know in detail. 

What to remember with employment applications:

• Answer every section completely and in detail
• Provide accurate dates and salaries
• Offer enough references as requested (and always brief those references in advance)