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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:
Experience and suitability for the role
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 a second pair of eyes can often pick up on any errors, that you may not have seen.
Remember you 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.
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