Application forms and now the preferred method of gathering essential candidate information for many employers. If a company specifically asks for an application to be completed by application form do not send a CV through as you will not be considered for the vacancy.
Call into the Careers service for an appointment and to access additional resources to help you with any application forms that you have to complete. Workshops on application forms and applications to many of the larger graduate recruiters will take place during term. Keep an eye out for emails from the Careers Service.
An excellent starting point to help you with Application form completion is Select Simulator which gives you great background information and a chance to practice also.
- DO research the company, the career area and the actual job for which you are applying. Make sure you can offer the qualifications, experience and personal skills that the employer is seeking
- DO make sure you are using the right form – some employers have different forms for different job functions.
- DON’T start to write on the form itself until you are perfectly certain of what you are going to say. Do your first draft on a photocopy of the form
- DO read the form through and follow all instructions. DO use black ink – your form will probably be photocopied and this makes it easier to read.
- DO keep your own photocopy of each application form. When it comes to the interview stage, it is be useful to remember what you have told the employer!
- The form should be neat and tidy with no crossings-out or large splodges of correcting fluid.
- Usually, a hand-written application form is perfectly acceptable. If your handwriting is very untidy, it is usually OK to complete the form in block capitals.
- Try to fill all the space provided for your answers – too much blank space makes an application look half-hearted.
- If you have the opposite problem – not enough space to say all that you need to – use a covering letter to highlight the most important points and to say more about them. It is usually OK to add an extra sheet if although checking with the HR department will put your mind at ease Include a covering letter with your form : this can be used to highlight your main skills and selling points