Many school systems will not consider your candidacy until they have your completed application on file. Your goal is to have applications completed and to the school systems early in the spring semester; some proactive school districts will even accept them in the fall if you would like to get started early.
For school systems recruiting on-Grounds through Educators Expo, it is appropriate to bring the completed application to the interview with you, if you have not had a chance to submit it previously, but it is not required. Consider calling the schools of interest during the fall semester so that you can have your winter break to fill them out.
You may submit applications as late as April or May, however, this decreases your chances of being offered an early interview or receiving an early job offer. You may want to prioritize the school systems to which you will be applying and be sure to complete the applications for your top choices first; then do the rest as time permits.
Note that for some school districts, the application is their 'first interview' with you.
Many school systems do not require a typewritten application form, although it is preferred—UCS has typewriters available for student use.
If you choose to write the application by hand, be sure you print legibly. Some will ask that you write in cursive for an essay or two—be aware that they are trying to evaluate you on the quality of your handwriting—be careful to be neat.
Answer all the questions completely. If unsure of questions, contact the school system for clarification.
If additional space is needed, attach a separate sheet and indicate the additions.
Never say, 'see resume' and leave the space blank. You may answer the question, then say, 'see resume for further details.'
Be thoughtful and original when writing essays. Do not write what you think they want to hear. Show individuality and creativity. Take time with essays; they can be critical to your application.
Remember: the appearance of your application form is as important as its content!