Some employers still use application forms and more are making them available to download online. They do this for a number of reasons but may include ease of review if there are a large number of applications or they know where to find some specific information, such as professional qualifications, quickly and easily.
Some key guidelines are:
• Always print off a few copies first so you can practice completing them.
• Do not send application forms with errors and/or corrections on.
• If your handwriting is not great, use capitals.
• Read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter.
• If space is limited, concentrate on areas of your experience that are most relevant.
• Use black ink.
• Get someone else to read through your practice application first, get them to be honest with you and also get them to proof read for spelling and grammar.
• Always keep a copy – and take with you to an interview.
• Never lie – you will get found out.
• Take your time.
• Do not use abbreviations, the person reading the application form may not understand them.
Many of the online job boards/sites have some very good sections on cover letters, preparing and writing CV’s.
Useful Websites:www.monster.co.uk www.jobsite.co.ukwww.totaljobs.co.ukwww.reed.co.ukwww.fish4.co.uk