Applying for a job can be tough. You may not have ever applied for a job before or it may be your hundredth time. You don't want to say the wrong things or give a weird impression right off the bat. The key to applying for any job at any time is confidence in yourself and letting that show in your application.
Many retailers or restaurants hire students or young adults for part-time positions. Some stores only have in-store application kiosks, while some will have paper forms. When you go into the business, ask an employee to speak with a manager about getting an application. It's a good idea to know your previous employer's information, your Social Security number, etc., just in case the application must be done in the store.
Sometimes businesses will be accepting applications even if they are not planning to hire right away. Apply anyway. Once you've filled out your information, you may be called back later on when the company is hiring. The trick is that you won't be able to even get the job unless you just apply. It can't hurt your chances of landing the position.
When applying for any position (part-time, full-time, seasonal, etc.), remember to put your best foot forward on the application. That doesn't mean lie about your GPA or involvement in clubs and activities. It simply means highlight what makes you the best candidate for the job. Show off what would make you a good employee, but don't brag or boast.
Don't undermine your own skills. If you are a social and friendly person, you want to show the employer what you're like. However, state that trait in a manner on your application that shows you have good people skills, and not that you're a “Chatty Kathy” who won't get the job accomplished. Remember that your skills are unique to you. Make your personality shine through you application while still maintaining a professional quality. Be confident in what you have accomplished and what you're good at. However, be honest in what you say. It may come up later in the interview process, and fabricating skills won't help you in any way.
Filling out applications may seem daunting. However, if you maintain confidence in the skills you have from previous schooling, clubs, athletics, hobbies, volunteer activities, etc., you shouldn't have any trouble showing an employer what you can accomplish.