How to know when if you are burned out at work

Falling asleep are your desk

If work isn’t what it used to be and you’re dreading going in every morning, then you might be burned out. It isn’t something that just happens to workaholics, it can happen to anyone. For many reasons, but picking up the feeling and addressing it, is the only way to get your work energy back. If you don’t and you carry on being burnt out, you will find that your work quality will slip and you might be leaving yourself open for injuries in the workplace.

So if you are feeling a little down in the dumps about work or you are simply dreading going in, then maybe you should consider that you are in fact burnt out. One of the main signs of being burnt out is lack of concentration. Which means that whatever task you try to undertake will not be done to the same standard, that it might if you were giving it your all.

This isn’t your fault though, when your brain is burnt out, it will avoid the thing that is causing it with everything it’s got. This doesn’t mean though that your boss will be happy with the standards slipping. You might also find yourself feeling really tired all the time. This is because your brain needs a rest. It can’t cope with the load of work you are giving it and it’s getting tired out. You will feel sluggish and uncoordinated. If you are working with heavy machinery, or around it, then it’s time to take some time off. You could end up hurting yourself or someone around you.

Finding a healthy balanceIf time off isn’t an option then you need to get a really good nights rest. If you are also finding that all your work is being done, without you really thinking about it, then you might want to consider a break. Even if it’s just for ten minutes. If you have let your brain go into auto pilot, it means you are switching off from your tasks. You need to address this. Sometimes it’s because you have burned yourself out, but sometimes it can be because you just don’t enjoy your job anymore. Either way you need to know.

If you haven’t taken a day off work in over two weeks, then you are at risk of burning yourself out. Long stretches of work without a break can overwhelm your body and brain. Leaving it useless for the actual job it is trying to do. You brain needs a steady flow of different activities to keep it healthy and happy. If it is burdened with the same tasks day in day out it gets strained. Even if you do not think you can afford a day off, you need to find a way for your health and well being’s sake if nothing else.

The main signs of being burnt out are these:

  • If you find it hard to concentrate.
  • If you always feel tired at work.
  • If the idea of work makes you feel dread.
  • If you can’t get your head around the work that you are doing.
  • If you feel yourself feeling this way, then you can’t just ignore it.

You have to address the issue before it becomes a risk to your health and happiness.

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/burnout_signs_symptoms.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paula-davislaack/job-burnout_b_3530660.html

How to succeed at a new job

Starting your first dayWhether you have just got a job for the first time or you have just got another job, you might be worrying about how you are going to tackle that first day. After all, first impressions tend to stick and you want to make sure you make the best impression you can. Not only with your boss, but with your co-workers as well. Don’t forget those are the people you will be working with for however long you chose to stay in that job. If you manage to navigate your first day well, then you might yourself with many happy years ahead of you. If you don’t then you might find yourself looking for a new job a little sooner than you had hoped.

Know Your Role:

It doesn’t matter where you are working or what you are doing. You need to know exactly what your job role is. You will find that you have a job title within the company. Whether that is quality checker, sales representative or manager. Those job titles give you the ability to find out exactly what is expected of you. Make sure you do some research, so you know everything you are meant to be doing. You will come across as prepared and competent if you know what you are doing.

Be on Time:

Stairway to your dream jobIt’s your first day, be on time. Even if you miss the train and have to run ten blocks. Just be on time. If you are late on your first day it will always be remembered. No matter how well you do and no matter how hard you try, you will always be the person who was late on their first day. While your at it, make sure you look smart. First impressions last and you want your first impression to be smart professional not unkempt and unorganized.

Make Friends:

If you intend to do this job for a while, you might want to think about making some friends. Your co-workers are the people you will be spending every day of your working week with, so it really pays to socialize a little. The more friends you make at work, the more of an enjoyable experience work can become. If you don’t get along with anyone, you will quickly find yourself dreading going in. Don’t however socialize too much. The last thing you want is to become the office gossip. Make sure you keep your chit chat in a good balance with actually working.

Be Noticed:

Following your new jobAlways try to be noticed, but for the right reasons. If you have a chance to talk to your boss, then do it. Make sure they know who you are, what you stand for and that you are a hard worker. Always give your work everything you have, it’s often easy to forget that the work is actually what you are getting paid for. You are not just getting paid for showing up. So if you can always give it 100%.

http://expertbeacon.com/succeed-your-first-30-days-new-job/#.U0ATwaKtzIU

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130429132233-658789-10-ways-to-be-sensationally-successful-at-your-new-job

Why working at a distribution center is different than a warehouse

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While distribution centers and warehouses come from the same sector of services, in storage management. They are actually quite different. With both of them providing different services within their niche. However for you to fully understand the differences, you must first know what each of them carry out on a day to day basis.

Warehouses:

Warehouses are buildings or structures which store goods. Normally for retail purposes. These goods are kept within the warehouse until the retailer in question needs them, either to stock their shelves or to provide them directly to their customers. You will find that large retailers such as Argos, own their own warehouses, while smaller independent retailers tend to go for a third party experience. This is because for most smaller retailers, the overhead costs of having their own warehouse is not feasible. However the same can be said for larger retail chains. For large retail changes it is not feasible to be paying a third party to store their goods. As they tend to have millions of units of products, which take up a lot of room.

Warehouses tend to only ship to retailers. Rather than to individual customers, which makes their job comparatively easier compared to that of a distribution center. As they can send items in bulk, cutting down costs of individual shipping and wrapping. It also means that, storing the stock is easier for them too. As they only need to separate the goods into which retailers they belong to. Rather than having separate bedding from electrical for each instance.

Working in a warehouse you will find that job roles differ from person to person. Some will be in charge of receiving the goods. These people are relied on to ensure that everything that should be in an order is, and that it is all in working order when it arrives. There are also people in charge of ensuring that all goods are stored safely and correctly. So when the call comes for the goods to be shipped, they know where it is and how to get it. Then there are the people whose job it is to ensure that all orders are fulfilled. These people are in charge of shipping the products out to the retailers. Their main job is to ensure that all the order is there and that it is, shipped out in a timely fashion.

Distribution center:

A distribution center unlike the warehouse, tends to distribute products, rather than storing them for them for a long period of time. You will often find that distribution centers ship to all walks of life. Including retailers and customers. Large companies like Amazon rely on distribution centers, to get their products to their customers in a timely fashion. This can be said about any large online companies who run stores. As they do not have the physical platform to sell their goods.

You will find when working at a distribution center that it has three main areas. Which are the shipping dock, receiving dock and storage area. Each area will have it’s own set of workers who carry out specific duties to that area.

For instance, in the shipping dock, you will find people who distribute the stock they handle. Meaning they pack it, wrap it and send it on it’s way. The people who work within the receiving dock, do just that. They receive all the stock that is sent to the center. This means they have to ensure that everything has arrived and that it has arrive safely and unharmed. If anything is found to be missing after they have received it, then it goes on their heads. The people who work in the storage area, are those in charge of ensuring that goods are kept well. So if the distribution center handles fresh food for instance, then they are in charge of ensuring the food in kept well, does not go off and is stored properly.

 A distribution center layout

If you want to find out more about working in a distribution center, then here are some links for more information.

http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/best-practices-in-todays-distribution-center/

How does a distribution center work?

Outside view of a large distribution center

A distribution center is a building or multiple buildings, that are primarily used as storage. For goods, that retailers sell in their shops or online platforms. They store these goods until they are ordered to be distributed, whether to business’s or directly to customers. The main purpose for a distribution center is to hold stock, until it is needed. These centers can often be shared by several small business’s to reduce overheads or are owned outright by larger companies, who rely on having large amounts of stock, but do not have a large amount of shop space. They are also heavily relied on by online companies, who use a digital shop platform.

Traditionally large retail chains such as Amazon own their own distribution centers. This minimizes their overheads, by cutting out the middle man. You will tend to find that large retail chains have more than one distribution center. They tend to place them strategically throughout the countries that they ship to. Small independent retailers however cannot afford the overhead costs of owning their own distribution centers. This means they have to go to third party centers which charge them a much smaller overhead in comparison. This is because these third party services tend to serve more than one small retailer. Meaning that the overhead costs are split between multiple business’s rather than just one.

There are three main area’s within a distribution center, which are, the shipping dock, receiving dock and storage area. These three areas can then be broken down into smaller sections. For instance the storage area might be divided into different sections depending on what is being stored. Such as food. If the distribution center is storing perishable and non-perishable food, then you will often find sections for refrigeration or air conditioned, to ensure the food stays fresh. You will also find with third party distributors that store more than one retailers stock, that there will be area’s set out of each of the people they provide storage for. This is to ensure that all stock in storage is easily located and does not get mixed up. If the stock was all kept within one place then it would be difficult to locate and could potentially mean a lot of mix ups. This is bad for business for both the distributor and the retailer. As the customers down the line ends up unhappy with the service they have been provided. If a customer is dissatisfied then the likelihood is that they will not shop there again.

Although distribution centers tend to do the same thing, there are some differences. Although you can normally tell what kind of distribution center it is, by what it calls it’s self. For instance the main three different types of distribution centers are called, package handling center, warehouse and fulfilment center. Each doing the same thing, but with slight differences. The package handling center tends to receive goods and then forwards them straight away to whom ever they are going to. However a fulfilment center normally stores and then sends goods straight to the customer. This is a common place for any purchases from catalogues or online stores, to come from. A warehouse on the other hand tends to store products, that will one day see shelves in a shop.

The distribution center finds it’s profit in efficiency. Through ensuring overheads are low, labour costs are kept to a minimum and regular turn over of stock is upheld. This ensures that their customers build confidence in their system. Ensuring that their company is seen as competent in their field. Meaning that they are more than likely going to get more custom in the future from said retailer.

over view of a distribution center

If you are wanting to find out more about distribution centers then here are a few useful links, to help you on your way!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distribution_center

http://uk.ask.com/question/what-is-a-distribution-center

 

Best work clothes for a distribution center

If you have just got a job in a distribution center then congratulations! You are on your way to your first paycheck and I bet you couldn’t be happier. There are even several distribution centers that rank high in the best places to work. So if you are really lucky you may have even found yourself with a job in one of the best places to work in the world. If you want to find out where you company ranks then a simple Google search should tell you.

work clothesOf course you will find out pretty quickly, if you weren’t already told at the interview, that you will need certain items of clothing for your new job. Now some companies will provide you with work clothes, that sport their logos and other information. Some companies will charge you for these clothes, which normally come out of your paycheck, some will not. You will find that some companies expect you to source your own uniform, with only key pointers as to what you should wear.

If you are working for a company that doesn’t provide you with a uniform, then you will need to know, what you need and where you can find it from. Of course what you will need will depend on what role within the distribution center you have. As some roles within a distribution center involve heavy lifting or outside work. The type of work you will be doing, will change what type of clothing you need. As some jobs within a distribution center are safer than others.

 Safety Vest

If you are working in the receiving or shipping dock, then you will find that a lot of your work will be outside. Keep this in mind while shopping for suitable clothing. You will want something that isn’t bulky but does keep you warm. You may also want to think about getting a fluorescent jacket, as you may be working night shifts. Thermal clothing is always a good thing to think about if you are working outside. As it isn’t bulky to wear but does provide a lot of heat.

If you are working in the storage area then it is still strongly suggested, that you pick something warm. Distribution centers are not going to be like working in an office. They are big, cold places, with very little heating. Even if you are starting your job in summer, don’t forget the when winter comes it will get mighty cold. You also have to keep in mind the fact, that you might be using machinery. Such as a fork lift. With this in mind, you know you want to avoid wearing any clothes that are baggy. As they could get caught on any number of things. This could lead to serious accidents, if you are not careful.

No matter what job role you may be taking within a distribution center, you still will want to protect your feet. Don’t go to work in a pair of old trainers. As if something falls off a shelf or you drop something onto yourself, you might end up loosing your toes! The best thing to wear is steel cap boots. These provide the most protection for your toes and feet. If you cannot afford steel cap boots at first then go for something made out of thick leather. That is hard to press out of shape.

The most important thing to remember when getting your uniform is safety. No job or paycheck is worth loosing your toes over. So just remember that safety is key. Even if your uniform ends up costing a little more that you originally thought, it is always better to be safe than sorry!

If you want to find out more about safety clothing, or don’t know where to start looking then here are some helpful links to get you started:

www.arco.co.uk

Tricks for getting through the night shift

When working a night shift, you will find that the forces of nature are against you. This is because everyone’s internal clock is set to sleep at night and wake up when there’s daylight. This means that no matter how much sleep you have had through the day, you will still find yourself struggling to get through the night. There are however some little tricks you can do, that will help trick your body clock into thinking, your up at the right time.

 SAD lightingOne of the best hacks you can use against you body clock is a SAD alarm. SAD is a condition that many people suffer from all across the world. It makes people depressed when they do not get enough vitamin D, through channels such as sunlight. However to combat this, someone has invented a light which emits the same vitamins as the sun. This light which can be used for as little as five minutes, can top up your body with all the daylight it is missing out on through the day. Effectively tricking your body clock into thinking it is day time. Although these lights can be expensive, they are more than worth their money.

 english-breakfast

Another little hack that you can use against your body clock is, something that also battles jet lag. With this technique, you start the day before you have your night shift or flight. The way that you do it, is by sleeping through the day and waking up at night. As soon as you wake up have your breakfast and then a few hours later your lunch. Even if you are not hungry. The food that you eat sends signals to your brain letting it know that it morning. Even if it is night time. Then the day you wake up to do your shift carry on with breakfast first thing and lunch a few hours after. Your body clock will effectively be retrained into thinking it is day time when it is not. Making it much easier for you to stay awake.

 coffee

Of course there are always the more unhealthy options too. Some people find that keeping themselves awake for a twenty four hour period and then sleeping at the time they want to, is effective. As your body is so tired it goes straight to sleep. However this can be very detrimental to your health. As it has been suggested that missing just one nights sleep can knock a whole day off your life. This has never been proved though. So the risk is really your call.

Another method of staying up is caffeine. Whether from drinking coffee or energy drinks, or even taking caffeine pills. There is nothing wrong with using this method from time to time. However if you use this method on a regular basis you may find yourself developing health problems. You may also find yourself growing dependent on the caffeine, finding it hard to function without it. If you are getting to this point or have already reached this point, then you need to start looking at alternative methods. As caffeine stimulates the brain and makes it jumpy. Meaning that it can actually stop you from being able to focus. This could potentially be dangerous if you are working with heavy lifting or machinery.

There are loads of different methods to keeping yourself awake throughout a night shift. With many of them being quick and simple to do. If you want to find out more ways of keeping yourself up at night then follow these links, for more great ways to hack your body clock.

http://www.livingforimprovement.com/hacking-sleep-resetting-your-biological-clock/

http://www.trendpreneur.com/lifestyle/resetting-the-clock-successful-bodyhacking/

How to Interview for your First Job

Congratulations, you are now part of the world’s budding workforce! As a first-time applicant, you might feel some butterflies in your stomach prior to your first interview. This is completely normal; it is merely a matter of getting over the first-time jitters.

Want to impress your first prospective employer? Then here are some tips that can help you ace your first-ever job interview:

Come prepared.

Winning the battle (or your job interview) entails careful preparation. If you want to get hired, then you must come to the battlefield prepared. Before that dreaded schedule, make sure to do the following:

  • Learn more about the company. In this digital age, researching about a firm is as easy as searching it online. Brushing up your knowledge about the company can help you during the interview.
  • Research more about the job. What is the job you are applying for? What are the responsibilities that it entails? You need to know these fully before you step inside the interview room.
  • Stream some job interview videos. Want to know how to conduct yourself in an interview? There are many helpful how-to videos that you can watch online.
  • Practice the interview portion. Ask a family member or a friend to simulate the interview for you. Ask them for feedback and suggestions right after.

Be early for the interview.

Make a good impression on the interviewer by arriving earlier than the specified time. Not only will this give you the chance to navigate through the mazes en route to the location, this will show the interviewer that you are truly committed to the opportunity that he has given to you.

Demonstrate proper posture.

Do not slouch or hunch your shoulders. Keep your back straight, even if it is a little bit uncomfortable. Remember, the interview is just for a few minutes.

Establish eye contact.

Don’t be shy – look straight into the eyes of the interviewer. Avoid looking into other directions (specifically that of the ceiling or the floor.) Establishing eye contact shows that you are confident about yourself and your skills – even if you are just a new applicant.

Listen closely.

Your sweaty palms and palpitating heart might be distracting you, but do make sure to listen intently to what the interviewer has to say. If not, you might end up answering the question incorrectly. Do not be shy to say “Beg your pardon” if you do not understand some aspects of his questions.

Be calm and collected.

Your heart might be racing, but you don’t have to show it! During your interview, stay as calm and collected as possible. Flush out the negativity in your head and focus on what the interviewer has to say. If you feel overwhelmed, pause for a while and take a deep breath. Collect your thoughts before you respond once again.

Be confident.

You might be a newbie who does not know much about the industry – this is expected. But this does not mean that you should be negative about your lack of experience. Do not be afraid to exude some confidence. Believe in yourself! For sure, this optimism will transcend to the interviewer.

Be honest.

Are there any activities that might hinder you from accomplishing your job to the fullest of your potentials? Do not be afraid to tell it to the interviewer. However, make sure to tell him that you are willing to make adjustments in order to adhere to the company’s specified schedules.

Say thank you.

Don’t be in a hurry to storm out the door. Say thank you and offer a handshake to the interviewer. After all, he has given you a chance to showcase your potentials.

Your first job interview might be nerve-wracking – but you can overcome the obstacles by following these tips. Who knows? You might be hired on your first try!

Best Ways to Unwind After Work

Feeling stressed and tired after a long day at work? Let the anxieties melt away by rewarding yourself with a pleasurable activity after heading out of the office. Escape from the clutches of paperwork (even your hotheaded boss) by rewarding yourself with any of these relaxing endeavors:

1. Exercise!

Feeling emotionally battered after a long day at the office? Chase the blues away by running around the park or hitting the gym. Exercise – while tiring – can uplift your spirit. That’s because it leads to the release of endorphins – the body’s feel-good hormones. Not only will exercise make you feel better, it can stave off the pounds that you have gained because of stress eating.

2. Stretch your muscles.

Are you too tired to do some exercises after work? Well then, you can always revert to the gentler activity that is stretching. Not only does it relax your tightened muscles (mainly due to stress), it improves range of motion and flexibility as well. Best of all, it can enhance your posture, as well as your blood circulation. These are especially helpful if you are confined to a chair for most of your day.

3. Walk Your Dog.

Are you guilty of not spending enough time with your dog? Give him the attention that he yearns for – and the stress relief you are looking for – by taking him out on a run. Not only will it give you the bonding time that you both need, a stroll with your pooch can help take your mind away from office-related problems. Who knows? You might find the pet-loving soulmate you are looking for along the way.

4. Cook.

If you are a self-confessed foodie – or better yet, a culinary rock star, then cooking after a day of hard work will definitely relieve you from the anxieties at the office. It does not matter if you follow your grandmother’s recipe. You can let it all loose and just ‘wing’ it. What matters is the cooking process, as the ability to whip up great food will surely melt your work worries right away.

5. Drink.

The bar might be your first go-to after a long day at work, but the truth of the matter is constant alcoholism will not solve your problems. However, if you are hankering for a sip of alcohol, a glass of wine should do the trick. A serving prior to hitting the sack will help you relax, chill out and calm down.

On a positive note, a glass of alcohol a day can also work wonders for your heart.

6. Read.

Take your mind off your work-related stresses by focusing your mind on a good read. Pick a good book, or catch up on the day’s hottest events by reading the newspaper. Whatever form of literary piece you choose, reading will surely take your office problems away.

7. Take a Bath.

Cleanse your mind and body simultaneously by engaging in a relaxing bath after work. Bath bubbles and aromatherapy candles are optional, but they can help eradicate the tension almost immediately!

8. Meditate.

Sometimes, a little down time is just what you need to distract your mind from work squabbles. That’s where meditation comes into play. This zen-inducing activity involves simple breathing activities that can erase the bothersome worries from the back of your head.

9. Go on a vacation.

If all else fails, then why not take a breather from the office and go on a well-deserved vacation? Seeing new sights and exploring novel territories will surely take your mind off the stresses at work. While waiting for your much-anticipated vacation leave, build up the excitement by planning your itinerary or googling the interesting sites in the city or country you wish to visit.

 

 

How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Injuries from Working in a Warehouse

Do you often feel a sharp pain whenever you flex your wrist? How about a tingling or burning sensation? Unfortunately, these can be signs that you are suffering from a common condition often found in the warehouse: carpal tunnel syndrome.

Although this disorder is very rampant in warehouse workers, you can break free from this uncomfortable, occupation-related condition. Here are some tips that can help you prevent carpal tunnel injuries while you work your hardest:

Ergonomically-designed transporter.

Utilize ergonomically-designed controls.

Warehouse workers, especially those who operate transporters, are at a huge risk of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. The repetitive nature of wrist-twisting – a necessary act in order to maneuver the transporter – is said to be the culprit behind carpel tunnel injury in most employees

Since wrist-twisting cannot be avoided, the best way to circumvent the pain and discomfort associated with transporter operation is to make use of ergonomically-designed controls. Make sure to request one from your boss. After all, an operator-friendly control is definitely cheaper than health insurance claims (especially if you need to undergo surgery.)

Reduce your force and lighten your grip.

More often than not, individuals diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome make use of excessive force and tightened grips in their jobs. To prevent the development of such a disorder, make sure to reduce your force and your grip. For example, use a lighter force when operating the controls in your transporter.

Maintain the proper form.

Bending your wrist up and down frequently can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. In order to avoid this, you need to maintain the proper form: the wrist should be relaxed and in the middle.

While manipulating your transporter, position your wrist so that it is at the height of your elbow – or lower. While carrying heavy objects, maintain the same form as well.

Mind your posture.

You might not notice it, but improper posture while carrying objects or operating the transporter can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. How does this happen? When your back is hunched, the muscles in your neck and shoulders are gradually shortened, while neck nerves get compressed. Such nerve compression can take a toll on your wrists – and therefore lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Take a break.

Sometimes, when you are all focused on your warehouse work, you forget to take a breather. While this might earn you points with your employer, it can lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Whenever you can, take a break – so you can stretch your wrist or give it a rest. Change your position or perform another activity in order to give your wrist its much-deserved breather.

Fingerless glove for warehouse workers.

Keep it warm.

Most carpal tunnel syndrome injuries are developed in working environments with cold temperatures. If you need to mobilize goods to extremely cold stockrooms and warehouses, make it a point to wear fingerless gloves. These can keep your wrists warm and pain-free.

Wear a wrist splint.

Overuse of the hand and the wrist, as well as constant flexing of the wrist, are some of the biggest causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. If these activities are common in your daily job, a good way to prevent the pain related with the condition is to wear a wrist splint. This can keep the affected wrist in a neutral and relaxed position.

Consume a Vitamin B6-rich diet.

New studies show that workers with carpal tunnel syndrome usually suffer from Vitamin B6 insufficiency. If you do not want to develop this work-hampering disease, then make sure to consume a diet rich in Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6.) Foods brimming with this nutrient include bran, pistachios, raw garlic, liver, fish and sesame seeds.

Foods rich in Vitamin B6.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and uncomfortable condition that can minimize your productivity at work. Worse, it can lead to surgery if left untreated. So before it leads to this – follow these tips! After all, prevention is better than cure.

Tips for Filling out a Job Application

In this modern day and age, scoring a job can only be possible if you fill up the application form appropriately. While you view might this as a piece of cake, careful and thoughtful filling up will actually help get you the job you are hoping for.

Want to have a successful career switch? Then make sure to follow these tips on filling out a job application:

Read the instructions carefully.

Don’t just skim through the instructions; read them carefully. While most job application forms might have the same mechanics, some might have entirely different specifications. If you want to get that job, you need to make sure to answer the form correctly. The only way you can do that is if you follow the instructions to the tee. If you skip this, you might end up filling the form incorrectly – and this will surely be a point against you.

Keep it neat.

Want to convey a good impression? The best way to do so is to keep your form neat and tidy. Your future depends on it, for crying out loud – so avoid folding it, wrinkling it, or even tainting it with the littlest of stains.

Keep it clear.

Your application form mirrors your professionalism, so write legibly with black ink. Avoid accomplishing a form with a pencil. If you have terrible handwriting, have your answers typewritten or computerized.

No blanks please.

There might be some parts in the form that are not applicable to your case. Instead of leaving them blank, write N/A or not applicable.

Be honest.

Honesty is the best policy, especially in filling out application forms. Say you have been fired – you do not have to necessarily put the words “terminated.” Simple terms such as “Job Ended” or “Contract Ended” will demonstrate why you got out of the job – in a not-so-negative way.

Remember: When this comes up in the interview, be sure to tell the employer what happened in your previous job. But make sure to choose your words carefully! 

Be flexible about the salary.

You might have expectations about the salary – and writing a certain figure on the application form can leave you in limbo, as it might be too high or too low for the company’s standards. The safest answer is “negotiable,” as it can make you more desirable to the eyes of the employer. This means you are flexible to the terms that the firm might have at hand.

State answers that relate to the job.

Good news: you can use personal questions such as “volunteer activities” and “hobbies” to your advantage. If you have engaged in such activities that relate to the job, then make sure to put it in. For example, if you are applying for a teaching job, then make sure to include your education-related voluntary stints in college.

Make sure that all the data are accurate.

Ensure that all the entries you put there – your references’ names, addresses and contact numbers – are accurate and updated. Your prospective employer might call them up – and if he comes across a wrong number – your chances of getting hired will surely go down the drain. Don’t waste his valuable time!

Most importantly, proofread your application form!

You might have followed all the aforementioned tips – but if you do not proofread your application form, your efforts might end up in futility. Wrong figures, spellings, grammar and syntax can make the employer think that you are sloppy. Of course, you do not want this! Proofread your form at least 2 to 3 times before sending it in.

Carefully filling out a job application form is one of the most crucial steps to employment. Don’t waste your golden chance! Follow the aforementioned tips in order to get your hands on that prized work opportunity.