Your application form is the first contact between you and a potential employer. Remember, they have no idea who you are, and with nothing else to go on they will use it to judge you.
Presentation matters. Look at your layout, spelling, and grammar; polish everything until it shines.
Don’t be idle and use the same supporting statement for every application. Tailoring is everything. Make sure you read the job and person description very carefully. Expand on things you’ve done which demonstrate you are the sort of person they’re after. If you don’t, you are unlikely to be short-listed for an interview. A list of your work experience on its own won’t cut it.
Be sure to include any relevant experience you have gained. It doesn’t have to be only from previous work. You can include voluntary sector, school, work experience and personal experiences. Whatever you do don’t make up fictitious experience. Whatever you may have heard, interviewers can and will check.
Here are a few other quick tips:
• Make sure you get it to the employer before the closing date.
• Make a copy of your application so you can use it to prepare for an interview.
• Reflect what the company is looking for in your application. Pick out some key words ‘enthusiastic’, ‘experienced’, ‘flexible’ etc. and use them in your application.