Application forms are used by employers to help them decide who they want to interview. Your application form is the first chance you have to impress an employer - a scruffy, badly completed form won’t make them want to meet you. Many employers use online application forms but others will prefer you to complete a paper copy.
Filling in an application form can seem a bit daunting but following a few simple rules can help make sure you get it right.
- Carefully read through the form and make sure you follow all instructions
- Always fill in a practice copy of the form. When you’re happy with what you want to say complete the original
- Use black ink or type face. Only use block capitals if you’re told to
- If you’re handwriting the form make sure your writing is clear and free from crossings out.
- Check your grammar and spelling
- Complete all sections on the form. If the question isn’t relevant put “not applicable” or “NA” in that section
- Mark the key points in the job description then try to match your experience and skills to these. Always tell the truth – lies or exaggerations will be found out
- Find two people who are happy to be given as referees – they must not be relatives
- Double check that all the phone numbers you’ve given are correct and that your voice mail message is suitable
- Get someone else to check over your finished application form
- Take a copy of the form before you send it off
- Make sure you check the closing date and get your form in on time
You’ll find more information on application forms and other ways of applying for jobs by visiting the websites tab above.