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Job applications

Now you know the type of work you're looking for you need to put some effort into getting that job!

Sell yourself!  Be positive!  

Making that application.

Apply for a job as soon as you hear about it or see it advertised. Follow the instructions in the advert on how to apply and make sure you meet the deadlines.

You may be asked to telephone, write or email for further details. If this is the case:  

  • Make sure you ring from a quiet place and if using a mobile you have enough credit.
  • Have a pen and paper ready to write down any information you need to remember.
  • Think about what you need to say and practise before you make the call.  
  • Be prepared to answer some questions about yourself - some companies may give you a mini interview over the phone.
  • If you are asked to email or write for further details make sure you do just that - don't send them your life history.  But if you're asked to apply in writing then you need to say why you are applying for the job and why you would be good at it. 
  • Be aware that your social media account may be looked at by employers. Do your privacy settings allow everyone to see everything about you?

Many companies will ask you to fill in an application form, this may be on paper or online. This is your chance to sell yourself and impress the employer that you have the skills to do the job.

The application form is the same for each candidate which makes it easier for the employer to compare applicants. Most application forms include a section for you to explain in your own words why you think you are suitable for the role. In this section you need to explain more about why you want the job and what skills and qualities you have that will make you just right for the job.

You may be sent a job specification, telling you exactly what the employer is looking for - read it very carefully. In many cases applications will be compared to the job specification so you need to make sure that what you write on your application shows how you meet all the main requirements of the job.  

Completing your application

  • Read through the application form carefully to check for special instructions.
  • Look at the job advert and job description to see what the employer is looking for.
  • Write or type clearly and check any spellings you are unsure about.
  • Make sure you fill in all the appropriate sections of the application.
  • Give lots of thought to the information you write about yourself, why you are applying for the job, your skills and experience and why you think you're suitable. 
  • Keep a copy of your application - this will help you prepare if you get an interview.    

 Applying online

  • Take the same amount of care completing an online application as you would filling in a paper application form - all the same rules apply.
  • Follow any instructions carefully and make a note of any confirmation codes or passwords.
  • Download the form so that you can practise on draft copies.
  • If using email, make sure your email address is professional and business like. It needs to be suitable for an employer to see.


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