It may seem strange to include information on application forms here. After all they ask the questions in a specific format (either online or offline) and you just answer them, right? Well actually there are ways to make sure your application gets the attention it deserves in a pile of many others.
Tips for completing application forms
A job application form is your chance to show employers that you’re perfectly suited to the role and deserve to be shortlisted for an interview.
- If possible (unless they ask otherwise) fill them in using a computer rather than handwriting them.
- Make sure you complete all the sections of the form that you are asked to.
- As with CVs, don’t leave any gaps in your education or work experience and if there are gaps in time explain them.
- If there is a section asking you to outline how you meet the criteria for the job, take a look at the job specification if there is one and provide an answer (with an appropriate example) for them all.
- Never lie on your job application.
- Ensure your answers show enthusiasm for the role and the organisation.
- Only include information that you feel would help with your application and support your suitability for the role. Don’t include personal details regarding your age, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation – by law you shouldn’t be asked to.
- If you do an online application form, stick to the wordcount, print off a copy of your responses for future reference and don’t forget to upload any supporting information they ask for.
- Check through the final version to ensure that there are no spelling or grammar errors. Maybe ask a friend, family member or college tutor to read it too.
- And lastly, after all the time you’ve taken to complete it, make sure you get it in by the closing date for applications!
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