Completing an application

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Completing an application form things you should know

Application forms are an essential part of the job search when you apply to some areas of jobs. So anyone applying for a job in local or central government schools. Can all expect to fill in an application form for jobs applied for there. Things you should know. Completing job application tips.

While many large commercial companies will use a standard job application form,  can be sorted out quickly. And arrive in a format that is unlike a CV letter.

Therefore and there may be a need to design a particular application form, for a particular job role. And send these out in batches, with specific questions that relate to that job. Finally, some companies may ask for you to complete an application form in addition to a CV, but this is unusual.

Application Forms – employers why use them?

Application forms can give prospective employers an insight into you. Can also help them find out information that otherwise would not be on a CV. On a request to work with young or vulnerable people, an application form will ask about criminal convictions and require a full employment history check.

It will also help employers to look at experience, essential skills, grammar and spelling (it is important to spell check your application form) several times before sending it out.

Another important factor is to help assess motivation and competency. On what you have said, and specific examples of times, and places. Also, you have to demonstrate your skills that are required for the role.

What can an application form cover?

Most application forms will have cover a set format requiring the following details:
Name/address
Employment history
Education history
Experience and suitability for the role
References
Do not lie on your application form, be honest and make sure you are accurate with the details. Filling out the form with misleading information could have some serious consequences.

For example, altering your degree classification from a 2.1 to a First is considered level fraud, and can result in criminal proceedings and a prison sentence. Always use black ink, even if not requested, it will photocopy better.

What else should you know?

Application forms can make a strong impression with employers, so don’t worry about writing a personal statement, it is important to express your style and show creativity.
Try to use power verbs like – achieved, transformed, inspired and delivered.
Descriptive words such as – consistent, efficient, adaptable and determined
Give relevant examples of your past achievements and experience.
Avoid waffling and focus on answering the questions directly and not being too vague. Be succinct, confident and clear.
Ensure your spelling and grammar is correct.
Always get someone else to read through your application form, as the second pair of eyes can often pick up on any errors, that you may not have seen.
Remember your aim to prove to an employer that you deserve to be shortlisted for interview. And that you are ideally suited to the vacancy.

Disclosing Personal Information

You are not obliged to disclose details regarding your age, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation, and this should not be asked for on an application form. You should only provide information that you feel will support your application for the job applying for.

However, you may be asked to provide these details on a confidential equal opportunities form. It is using the last page or detached from the application form to be used solely for monitoring purposed by the employer and their commitment to equality and diversity.

It should not be seen by the people involved in the recruitment process for the role or used in the selection criteria

Hilarious answers on application forms

When completing an application, funny answers on an application form, this can sometimes be tricky. Employers understand that the odd mistake might be made, but some errors cannot glance over. Hilarious answers on the application form is a no-no, and will not get that job.

Here are some unexplainable gaffes:

  • Reason for leaving the last job – my manager was an I***t

  • Size of the current employer – 6’2”

  • What is your best asset? – my bum

  • Sign and date – Gemini and no thanks

  • Skills – excellent memory, skills at remembering

The above are easy questions to answer, many are misunderstanding, some are frankly more disturbing, and others are rude.

An employer only requires you to use common sense and a clear understanding of the question. Make sure on the application form that you go over your work history.

Also, the answers that you give are not cynical, combative or just plain clueless. It will not get you shortlisted, let alone a job.

Don’t mislead or lie on an application form

Giving misleading information or lying on your application form is a massive no go area.

Not only will you get caught out in the end, but you will cut short any chances of ever being considered for a position in the organisation. You are applying for and any associated clients they deal with ever again.

It is mind-blowing that some candidates still have not understood or idea that their scheme can be rumbled. So don’t go there it is not worth it.

When you try and be whacky, and the application form is to blame

It is essential to stand out from the crowd, so of course, you want to make your application form unique.

However, remember to make sure you are forgotten for the right reasons. Making your application form too whacky will have it talked about within the office rather than getting you an interview. Of course, some application forms from employers can make silly mistakes, or be confusing to the applicant or ask pointless questions.

Here are some matters that are only ambiguous and almost begs for the response it gets:

  • Strengths – lifting
  • Available to work – of course anytime
  • Weakness – chocolate

How you want to be contacted

It is not just what you say on your application form that can raise eyebrows. However, how you wish to be contacted for an interview.

Make sure your email address is representing, what you want to reveal about you and consistent with your excellent application form.

Email addresses can also be an eye-opener for a potential employer, and are as relevant as what you have written; this can say a lot about you.

After all, who wants to type in a job offer to sexyformyskin@xxxxx.com or happybunny@xxxxx.co.uk

Make sure you have an email address that represents you and your personality as a professional.

This could also be the difference in getting that all-important interview.