Are you filling in
job application after job application and never being put on the
'shortlist' for interviews? Well, don't give up, it may not
be that you are unsuitable for the job but just that you need to
give a little more thought to how you are 'presenting
This section is designed to outline
important points for you to consider when filling in your next
application form and put you ahead of your competitors and
hopefully onto the shortlist.
One important thing to remember
is that when the employer sees and reads your application form,
s/he is developing his/her first impression of you. You will
not be there to answer any queries s/he might have about your
qualifications, experience and reasons for applying for the job and
why you are the best person for the job. To answer these
questions s/he has to rely on the impressions you make
- The way you have presented your application form.
- The style and content of the information that you have provided
about yourself and the confidence with which you have presented
The first part of this section
will provide you with a guideline on how to improve the written
presentation of your application form. The points outlined
may seem obvious, but they are common errors that can reduce a
candidate's chances of an interview.
The second part of the section
gives tips on how to improve the style and content of the
information which you provide about yourself.
Part A - Written Presentation
When filling in an application
- Read the instructions on the application form carefully and
read right through the application form before attempting to answer
any of the questions.
- Make your own copy of the application form and fill in a rough
- If the form states that you should complete the form in black
ink – make sure you do.
If it asks you to complete in
your own handwriting -
Part B - Style &
Remember it is your job to sell
yourself. This means knowing:-
Remember this is just a
guideline the rest is up to you!
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