Types of application forms
An application form can be used to support a CV or as an alternative to using a CV, and is used to compare applicants on a like-for-like basis.
They can come in different forms including a handwritten paper copy, an electronic version or a competency based application form.
Some hints and tips for all types:
- Read the advert or job specification
- Ensure you submit your application by the deadline date
- Check all your contact details are correct
- Check spelling and grammar before submitting
- Submit or send in the form to the correct person or through the correct website
- Don’t give false information
- Follow all the instructions, such as what colour pen to use and whether CAPITAL letters are specified
- Write clearly and neatly so it is read-able
- Write a draft answer in Word (or equivalent) first
- Save or print a copy of your application
- Get someone else to read your answers
- Stay within the word limit (if given)
- Always give an answer (don’t assume an employer will have your CV)
- Give clear examples
Some application forms may be more basic then others but always remember you are trying to sell yourself as the best applicant for the job so make sure everything is relevant!