These are our top tips:
Check the closing date and be sure to get the application form in on time!
Photocopy/print out the form to practice on
Read the form carefully and check that you understand what is being asked. If not, get help!
If the application is online make a note of any usernames/passwords that you may need later and make sure you have a ‘sensible’ email address for employers to contact you
Fill the practice form and get someone to check your spelling
In the education section you should put the names and addresses of all the schools/college you have attended from the age of 11 (list in reverse order, starting with the most recent)
In the qualifications section you should include the name of the course, level and grade achieved, e.g. English Language, GCSE B. Don’t forget to include any qualifications gained through work such as NVQs
Details of previous employment can mean any type of job even a temporary summer job or work experience. Voluntary work can also be added here unless there is a separate section on the form.
In the reason for applying section be positive. Point out the qualities you have which will be of use in the job. Read the job description carefully for ideas of how your skills match.
Be sure to ask permission from the people you are using as referees
Complete the ‘real’ form – if you are doing this by hand make sure you write clearly using a pen with black ink
Make a copy/print it out. If you are lucky enough to get an interview then you will need to look at this to remind yourself of what you have said. An employer may well ask you about something you have written.
If you posting your application form use an A4 envelope that is addressed clearly and use a (large letter) first class stamp. Send a covering letter or CV with the form if requested
If you are applying online it is a good idea to telephone to check that your application has been received