Many recruiters ask prospective
candidates to apply using a company application form. This
enables an employer to compare applicants on a like-with-like
basis. There is more likely to be a job specification, with
notes provided on how to complete the application form. When
you fill in an application form, the interviewer will be checking
that you meet clearly set criteria.
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Above all, make sure that you
match the skills asked for in the job advert to your own skills,
and demonstrate how you developed those skills.
Statements: Many application forms require you to
complete a personal statement in support of your application.
You will usually be asked to give your reasons for applying and
other information relevant to the job specification, including your
knowledge, skills and experience. Your personal statement
should relate directly to the specifications of the job or course
you are applying for. It is important that you address all the
points in the job specification in the order in which they appear.
Imagine this being used as a check list by the person
short-listing. Address each point on the job specification in a
clearly themed way. In your first sentence you might make a short
statement summarising how you meet or relate to the requirement.
The next few sentences should provide a concrete example of the
statement you have just made.
Referees are the norm, one academic and one work related; or a
character referee if allowed. Give their phone number and
email, along with their title and full contract address.
Always ask for their permission first and remember to keep them
informed of your career aspirations and achievements to date.
If a reference from you immediate manager is not possible, consider
using someone else in the company. If using an international
referee, it is a good idea to confirm with them that they can
provide a fax or email in English.
Check these points to make sure your online application is up to
scratch. The content and visual impression of online
application forms is just as important as in conventional
application forms. When applying on line: