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Some job vacancies ask you to submit an application form instead of, or alongside, a CV. Use these guidelines to assist you.
When a company is recruiting for a specific role, they tailor the application form to get exactly the information they need. This helps them judge whether an applicant is suitable for the role. Application forms can be much quicker and easier for employers to process. Reading through CVs is time consuming and does not always give them the details they want.
Most application forms follow the same basic format. They request a lot of the same information you will have on your CV but also include questions that relate directly to the role.
Presenting your skills and experience in the correct way and sticking to space constraints can take time and practice. But once you have completed a few, it becomes easier.
Usually you will need to include the following information.
Provide up-to-date contact details.
Check to see if they want you to give details in reverse chronological order.
Often you will be asked questions to assess your suitability for the role. This can be tricky to answer but it is also a good opportunity to stand out from other applicants.
Read each question carefully to establish what they require.
Common questions are:
“Give an example of your ability to prioritise”
Whenever possible, include information and examples from your work experience. If you have handled various tasks at once and prioritised them you should explain what the tasks were and how you prioritised them on your own initiative.
“What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Sometimes they ask difficult questions which have no easy direct answer.. it is good to include a weakness because it shows that you are a real human being. But do try to end your answer on a positive note.
Small details can make a large impression. Read the instructions carefully before you start; this will save you time and help you avoid making mistakes.
Fill in every section unless it is clear that it does not apply to you. In this case write: “N/A” (not applicable).
Check grammar and capitalisation carefully, and get a second person to proofread it.
Some application forms request that you only use capital letters.
Hard copy forms usually state whether you need to use black or blue ink.
You don’t want to spend hours filling in a form only to discover that it should have been sent the previous day.