For many jobs you will need to complete an application form or send in your CV
Here is some advice about completing an application form:
Before you start

  • Read the instructions carefully
  • Read any information you have been given about the vacancy
  • Draft your application using Microsoft Word. You can spellcheck it  and then paste it into an online application
  • Some sites offer the option of saving your application and coming back to it. If you do this, make sure you remember your username and password.
  • Get the permission of the person you are planning to use for a reference
  • Ask someone (e.g. Connexions Sandwell) to check your application before sending it off
  • Make sure you have your CV to hand – some online applications ‘time-out’
Filling in the application

  • Check your spelling and grammar
  • Do not use ‘text speak’
  • Do not use abbreviations. Write words out in full.
  • Complete all the questions. If a question is not relevant to you, write N/A (not applicable).
  • Make sure you complete any sections called ‘extra’ or ‘supporting’. This is an important as it gives you the opportunity to sell yourself.
  • Read the job description and then match your skills and abilities to it
  • Make sure you give your address, contact number and e-mail
  • Under ‘Education,’ just list secondary schools/academies. There is need to include your primary or junior school.
  • Under ‘Qualifications’ list any exams you have taken and your grade(s). Be honest because you may be asked to show your certificates.
  • If you are due to take exams or are waiting for results, include your predicted grades
  • Under ‘Employment’ put down any jobs you have had, including work-experience, part-time work or voluntary work
  • Explain any gaps in your employment history
Writing a covering letter
Before you send it in

  • Read it carefully to check that you have completed all the sections with no mistakes
  • Save a copy. If you get an interview you can remind yourself about what you said.
Do you use social media?

Be careful! Employers may check your social media accounts. Make sure any photos and personal news that you post don’t go against you. There may be a problem if what they see doesn’t match up with the image you present on your application.


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