Has anyone ever filled out an Employment
Did you feel that you were fully prepared?
Were there any questions on the Application
Form that you were unable, or unwilling, to
What information should you be aware of BEFORE you
fill out the application or submit your resume?
Whether an application is necessary
Closing deadline if you have to send in a resume
Many employers required that all Employment
Applications Forms be filled out personally by
the job applicant on the business premises.
Why would they ask you to do this?
Wouldn’t it be easier for you to fill out the
application at home?
What potential signals are you sending to
your prospective employer if you have to ask
for a pen to fill out the application, or if you
need to ask for 2 or 3 more applications
because you keep making mistakes?
Besides the information contained on the
application form, what else can the employer
learn about you based on how you complete
Remember, you must assume that you are
constantly being observed, and assessed, from
the moment you enter the company’s premises!
Filling Out Application Forms
Be Prepared! What do you need?
Pen, spare paper (for rough notes)
References (their name, position, company,
Social Insurance Number (SIN) card – you don’t
legally have to provide them your SIN number until after you
Health Card number (depending on the job)
Days/hours available (for some kinds of work)
Emergency contact information
References help the employer make a final
hiring decision. Who can they be?
Teachers, Coaches, Volunteer Supervisors,
Previous Employers, etc.
Keep at least 3 references current.
Get permission first!
Do not use relatives or close, personal
Employers are prohibited from asking certain questions
on job application forms or during interviews.
Federal and Provincial human rights legislation
prohibit questions relating to:
• Exact age
• Marital status
• Religious beliefs
These questions are prohibited in order to prevent
discrimination on the basis of these factors.
Note: After you are hired, of course, your
employer will need to know some of this
information to fill out Benefits Forms,
Emergency Contact Forms, etc.
Application Form Questions
They are NOT allowed to ask: They CAN ask:
What country were you born Are you legally allowed to
in? work in Canada?
How old are you? Are you between the ages
of 18 and 65?
Specific questions must be linked to competencies
required for the job.
For example, “Do you have a valid driver’s license?”
should only be asked if you need to be able to operate
a motor vehicle as part of the job.