Applications

For many jobs you will need to complete an application form – probably on-line  – or send in your CV

When completing an application, consider the following:

Before you start

  • Read the instructions carefully
  • Read any information you have been given about the vacancy
  • Draft your application e.g. using Microsoft Word. This way you can spell check before pasting it into the online application
  • Some sites may 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 part of the form as it gives you the opportunity to sell yourself
  • Read the job description and match your skills and abilities to this
  • Make sure to give your full address, contact number and e-mail
  • Under ‘Education,’ only 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 as 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 slowly and 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 of what you said

Do you use social media?

If so, be careful – employers may look at your Facebook or Twitter account. So 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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