When you're filling out job applications, most of the sections are self-explanatory. There will likely be a page for your resume and cover letter, a section for education and one in which to list your contact information. But near the end of many job applications, there is a section usually labeled 'additional information' or 'further information,' that can be a bit more confusing. What goes in this vaguely titled section of your job application? That's a million dollar question. In some situations, there might be no need to put anything in this section, especially if you extensively filled out the rest of the application. However, this portion of the application is also a great place to make some clarifications about your employment history, include experiences that may not fit into any other section of your application or show of your writing skills. Here are four parts of your professional history that can be listed in the additional information section of your job application:
Relevant unlisted employment
Many online job applications only provide space to list three to five previous job titles. While this amount of space should be more than enough to showcase your past professional roles, if you run out of room other past positions can be listed in the additional information section. However, try to keep them relevant to the job for which you are applying. Ask yourself whether listing certain roles will add any substance to your application.
Volunteer work and achievements
Though it may be tempting to list volunteer work in other parts of your application – and may already be included briefly on your resume – the additional info portion of your application is a good place to highlight these experiences. Volunteer work often relates to your industry, and may have provided you with professional experiences different from your day job. This space is also suitable for adding awards or honors which could not be easily placed in the rest of your application.
Explanations of potentially negative information
When you're listing previous positions, many applications prompt you to answer why you left the position. In some cases you may have been laid off or fired, and this requires some explanation. Without elaboration, being terminated from a job can potentially have a negative connotation. Rather than waiting for an interview to explain it, summarize this experience in the additional information of your application to give hiring managers insight into your past. In many cases, quitting or being fired from a job is due to factors outside of your control. Employers understand that, but without explanation, there's no way for them to know.
Additional job-related information
Sometimes your cover letter and resume simply don't provide enough space for you to talk about why you're perfect for a position. Since job descriptions often have a list of bullet-points for desired qualities, the additional info section of your application provides a platform for you to address these desires directly. Use this space to further delve into how you meet these qualifications.
Any job that necessitates writing on a regular basis may have a portion of the application specifically for a writing sample. However, if no such section exists, the additional info portion is the place to demonstrate your writing skills. Consider including a sample that highlights something you would write in the course of your day if you were accepted for the position. If the job requires you to email customers once a week, an example of such a document will showcase your ability to take on the responsibility.