Custom Employment History Page
  • 13 Mar 2024
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Custom Employment History Page

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Article Summary

In the default Slate-Hosted Application, the employment history page (identified by the part ID job) consists of a pre-made module that allows students to enter their work history. 


This article covers creating a custom employment history page in the Slate-Hosted Application using a Slate-Hosted Application Page-scoped form. The standard employment history page can be mimicked—and expanded upon—with the job widget. 

  Four steps to creating a custom employment history page:

  1. Create a Slate-hosted-application-page-scoped form.

  2. Create a widget-scoped form.

  3. Add the widget to the Slate-hosted-application-page-scoped form.

  4. Add the Slate-hosted-application-page-scoped form to a Slate application.


"Present" does not appear as an option in the employment end date field in the custom widget. Instruct applicants to leave the field blank if the job is the current position, and "Present" will be saved as the end date value.

Step One: Create the Slate-Hosted Application Page

This form serves as the host for the widgets you'll create later. 

  1. Select Forms from the main navigation.

  2. Click New Form. A popup appears.

  3. In the New Form popup, configure the following:

    • Page Title: The page title will display to an applicant as the name of the page.

    • Folder: Keep organized by saving application pages within a clear folder structure.

    • Status: Set the status to  Confirmed/Active.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Click Edit Form on the right side.

  6. Click Edit Properties. A popup appears.

  7. In the Edit Properties popup, configure the following:

    • Scope: Select  Slate-Hosted Application Page.

  8. Click Save.


Step Two: Create the Widget

  Try a Slate Example

Use Suitcase to import our ready-made example Job Widget form. Be sure to open and re-save each form field to break any potential cache from the suitcase import.

Suitcase ID


  1. Select  Forms from the main navigation.

  2. Click New Form. A popup appears.

  3. In the New Form popup, enter the following:

    • Page Title: Give the form a descriptive title.

    • Status: Set the status to Confirmed/Active.

    • Folder: Add the form to an existing folder or select  Other to create a new one. 

  4. Click Save.

  5. Click Edit Form on the right side.

  6. Click Edit Properties. A popup appears.

  1. In the Edit Properties popup, configure the following:

    • Scope: Set the form's scope to Job Widget within the section Page Construction Widgets.

  2. Click Save.


  1. Configure the widget with the form fields applicants should complete. See example setup opposite.

  2. Configure Custom List Fields under Edit Properties. It is necessary to establish one or more exports to appear as the columns in the widget table. Without any exports, no data will show.



Be sure to map all fields in the widget to system fields of the same scope. Any custom fields created to be used in the widget should match the scope of the widget.

After the widget form is configured, add exports to define the data columns displayed back to the person completing the form.

  1. Click Edit Properties.

  2. Under Custom List Fields, add the desired exports to display data entered in the widget.

  3. Click Save.

Step Three: Add the Widgets to the Host Form

  1. From the form builder palette, drag in a Widget Table.

  2. Edit the widget table. Select one of the widget forms created in the previous section from the Widget Form list.

  3. Repeat for any additional widgets created. Drag the widget table form fields to reorder on the page.

  4. Add any additional fields or instructions to the form.


Adding the widget form to the host form.

Step Four: Add the Host Form to a Slate Application

  1. Select Database from the main navigation, then select Application Editor.

  2. Choose the /apply/ link for the application base to which the new page should be added.

    NOTE: If only one application base exists, only /apply/ will appear.

  3. Click Edit Menu in the upper-right.

  4. Click Add Link. Enter the following configurations:

    • Type: Select Custom Form Page.

    • Subtype: Select the Slate-Hosted-Application-Page-scoped form you created.

    • Label: Enter the name to display as the page link in the application navigation.

  5. Click Save. The new form will be listed at the bottom of the application menu.

  6. Drag this page to where it belongs in the application page order.


The application form widget is now active in the application. Be sure to test that data entered into the widget is saved back to the appropriate table on the Profile tab of the Person record.

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