Application Forms

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Completing application forms can be a bit easier than writing a CV or covering letter, because it tells you what to write. You may be asked to fill in an application form when applying for a job so here’s some tips for completing application forms.

  • Read through the whole form and make sure you understand what it is they're asking for before you start to fill it in.
  • Know the deadline to return the form and allow enough time to complete it.
  • Follow any instructions, such as 'write in block capitals' or 'use black ink'.
  • Draft out your answers on a notepad first and get someone else to read through them.
  • Treat online applications the same as paper ones.
  • Make sure your email address is sensible and check it regularly.
  • Try to answer all questions, even if you think they are irrelevant.
  • Be truthful and highlight how your skills relate to the job as much as possible.
  • Keep a copy of the form so you can refer to it if you are called for an interview.
  • If applying online, make sure you click on the ‘submit’ button. If applying on AV (Apprenticeship Vacancy) check your home page on a regular basis to track your applications.
  • Include a covering letter if you are applying for jobs through the post or by e-mail.

Many employers use application forms, covering letters and CVs to help them decide who to invite for an interview. It's the first chance you have to impress the employer, so it's important you spend time on these and think carefully about how you present yourself. Remember you are trying to convince somebody that you are the most suitable person for the job!