Filling Out Applications

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Matt 's Comment
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Here is my question. What is the best way to fill out an application? Things like °why did you leave °date to and from ( I honestly dont remember most of them) ° starting and ending salary ( I don't want this to affect my chances of being hired) °last three companies ( do I include 2nd jobs or short term employment in other fields? ) I'm just trying to figure out the most professional and non judgemental way of filling these out any input would be much appreciated thanks!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Matt, the most professional and non judgmental way to fill out applications is to be as honest and as complete as possible.

Basically, you need to account for your time in the last three years. Employed, unemployed, school, "family leave", whatever. Yes, jail if need be. My bet is whoever reads your app won't be following up on your 4 month gig as a warehouse helper two years ago.

If you have to guess at enjoyment dates, just make an honest guess. If the computer form asks for a day for the date (June 14 2017) but you're lucky to just remember which month, just enter the 1st.

I have no idea on earth why any company needs to know your previous pay rates. The new company will certainly have their own pay system for you. Just put on some reasonable looking values.

Good luck!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Matt 's Comment
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Ok thanks for the reply! And I know it's just my opinion but I don't think it's right for them to ask and they put the little star beside it so you have to answer it. But I will stick something in there hopefully it won't be to outta wack!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Well if I receive an application that was mostly blanks, I'd file it in the circular file myself.

Remember everything has to be believable. Put in stuff you can back up, or maybe that another person can support. Honestly, I'm sure the hiring manager won't take the time to call anyone.

David's Comment
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Also keep in mid, employers require 3yrs of recent job history, However DOT law requires 10 yrs of recent employment history.. so the app online might be 3 yrs but when you get to orientation they'll have you do 10yrs...

As Errol said, just be as honest as possible. If need be, and I be done it before, call previous employers and ask then for start/final dates and pay. I now have a file on Google docs with every job for the last 10yrs with dates, addresses, names supervisors, phone numbers and pay rate. I also keep DOT med card issue and expectation dates, along with licence number and expectation dates. Quick and easy and can just copy and paste it over.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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