Top 10 Tips for a completing a successful Application Form
#1 Leave NO Blanks in your Application
The number one tip that we can give you is to be sure that you don’t leave anything blank on the application form. This is not only going to prolong the application process, but may make the people reviewing the information sceptical of you. There are some employers who will dismiss your application immediately if it is not fully completed. You will be able to get more details about the specific requirements for completing the form from the Guidance Notes that should come with your application.
#2 Make an Accurate Presentation of yourself in your Application
Be sure that the application is a good reflection of how you want to be seen yourself. Don’t send on a smudged document full of spelling errors, grammar inaccuracies and empty spaces. Be sure that you are presenting yourself in an organised and focused manner because that is what any organisation wants from its staff. In fact, to make our point even stronger, a UK Police Force recently stated that over 75% of applicants were failing the application form stage due to spelling errors.
#3 Be yourself and be Honest when completing your form
In other words, be sure that your application and supplementary materials show who you are. Often, applicants get so focused on demonstrating what great candidates they will be that they overlook the importance of presenting themselves for who they are. This means you need to be clear about your interests, activities, family life, and general goals. You should also ensure that you are honest in every element of your form. It has been known for people to put down fake educational qualifications and experiences on their form. Many employers will not check to see that your qualifications are genuine; however, a strong word of warning is that if you eventually get found out you will probably be instantly dismissed from your post. Do not lie on your application form; it simply is not worth it.
#4 State Goals and Ambitions on your Application Form
Do you have a specific goal that relates to the work? Be sure that you mention this in the application and in the interview. Your goals should be in relation to the company or organisation you are applying for. Good examples of career goals are:
- A desire to learn the role quickly and gain respect amongst work peers;
- A desire to gain promotion with the company.
#5 Identify your Educational Qualifications
Your education happens inside and outside of a classroom, so don’t just put down your formal qualifications. Perhaps you have undertaken online courses or obtain dome form of experience and qualifications with an alternative organisation.
#6 Get Previous Experience
This is a bit of a challenge if you don’t have a lot of time before the application must be made, but if you can somehow work within the local community or obtain some work experience in a similar/related role then this will look very good on the CV, the application and in the interview.
#7 Learn about the Trade
Before you apply you should learn as much about the role you are applying for. You can achieve this by researching the company online, via their website and also trying to speak to people who currently work within the company. If you carry out research then this will shine through on your application form.
#8 Use the Internet
There are all kinds of forums and websites that can provide you with ways of learning about job openings that relate to the position you are applying for. You can even begin to use sites such as LinkedIn that let you mingle with professionals who can steer you in the right direction.
#9 Triple Check Your Spelling and Grammar
You have the chance to ask others to review the application, and you should do it! Spelling and grammar errors may not seem like a lot, but just about all careers require their staff to be conscientious and professional. If you have four or five mistakes in the application then your form may get rejected.
#10 Emphasise your Strong Points in your Application
Your application is the place to point out what you have to offer. You can literally “pick and choose” from the experiences in your life. Be sure to give this plenty of thought and effort because it is going to be a great way to shine the spotlight on all of the reasons that you should get the job.
If you have followed our advice and made a strong application, it is quite likely that you will be called in for an interview.
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