It is one of those life skills we homeschool moms don’t want to forget. Before they leave home, our children will need to know how to correctly fill out forms!
Job applications are the most common type of form we fill out, and usually the most involved. So, generally speaking, if you can fill out a job application you probably can fill out other types of forms as well. These could include those for a library card, creating a bank account, enrolling in college classes, or visiting the dentist.
Here are 5 tips for filling out forms:
1. Read the Directions
Rather obvious, yes, but also often overlooked. The thinking goes, “Oh, I already know how to do this,” or, “I have done this before.” And before you know it you have to ask for a new form. Not brilliant.
Tip: Read through the entire form before picking up the pen.
2. Print Neatly
Unless otherwise requested, the information provided on most forms should be printed. Learn to print everything neatly. Signature excepted.
Tip: Printing neatly is inversely proportional to the speed of writing.
3. Have the Necessary Information Handy
You may be asked to provide any number of details. It is not cheating to keep these on a card with you if you know in advance that you will be required to fill out a form. You may need a photo ID. On the other hand, it is bad practice to keep your social security number on your person.
Tip: Have a list of details prepared in advance.
These can include:
- Birth date.
- Phone number(s).
- Email address.
- Previous employment names, addresses, and phone numbers.
- Dates of employment.
- Dates of schooling/graduation.
- Allergies or medical conditions.
- Date of last physical.
- Who to contact in case of an emergency and phone.
- Proof of residency or citizenship.
4. Complete the Entire Form
This seems to be one thing many people are unaware of. The entire form should be completed. No blank spaces should remain if you have filled out a form correctly.
If a particular question is not applicable, simply put a line through the box indicating that you did see the box, and the question does not apply in your case.
Tip: Before you turn in a form, double check that you have filled out all of the blanks and answered all of the questions.
5. Write Your Signature in Cursive
Always use script when signing your name.
Tip: If you are not accustomed to signing your name, practice your signature in advance.
Sample forms and information at TheBalanceMoney.com.
Sample Job Application
Very standard and simple to practice on.
Mock Job Application Form
Another for practice.
Activity: Preparing a 1040 Income Tax Form
And now, for a real challenge ….