Employers often prefer candidates to complete application forms rather than CVs. The same principles apply as to CVs - you need to market your skills and experience and match them to the particular role you’re applying for.
- Make a photocopy of the application form (or download a copy of any online forms) before completing, so that if you make a mistake, you can start again.
- Take your time and read through all the information first.
- Read through the job description to identify the skills the employer needs.
- Use punchy language and try to answer the question you are being asked.
- Stick to the word limit for each question.
- List your education and work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
- Check your spelling and grammar before you send your application, or get someone else to check it for you.
- Provide all the information requested leaving no blank spaces. You can put ‘N/A’ if the section is not applicable to you.
- Use our Careers Express service if you'd like a Careers Adviser to check your application before you send it out.
- Make sure you make a copy of your completed application form. If you get through to the interview stage it will help you to remember what you’ve said and which skills you need to highlight.
- If the application form is online, you may not be able to view it after the closing date so print off a copy beforehand.
- You may also be asked to write a supporting statement of additional information, where you are often invited to attach additional sheets if necessary. This is your chance to get across your skills and experience relative to the role you are applying for - and is particularly useful if you haven’t been asked any competency based questions referring to specific skills.
- Read through the person specification for the role and try to address each of the essential criteria and as many of the desirable criteria as possible.
- Use examples to back up each skill.
- If asked to give your reasons for applying to the post, either start or conclude with this and think about your career aspirations, as well as what the company and the role could offer you.
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