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If you have sent lots of job applications but are not getting an interview, these tips could help.

Employers decide whether to interview you based on how you answer application questions.

Top Tips for Applications

Keep your application specific to the job

The skills and experiences you include need to match those listed in the job description and person specification.

Including relevant information will show that you have read and understood what the employer is looking for. A well-thought-out application showing skills and experience the employer is looking for is more likely to get you an interview.

If your answers don’t match things in the information they have provided, employers might think that you’re not that interested in the job. They read a lot of applications, so yours needs to show that you really want that job.

Remember to use specific examples and tell employers about your successes and achievements.

Be positive and sell yourself

As you write, focus on the positive impact of what you’ve done. You could use words like 'delivered', 'organised' or 'produced' to show employers what tasks you have done.

Remember to use specific examples and tell employers about your successes and achievements.

Speak the employer's language

Show that you understand what kind of person the employer is looking for. Include words and phrases that match what they have asked for in the advert.

Check the length

Some applications have a very strict limit on the length of answers you can give. If there is a word limit, you must keep within it.

Job applications checklist

Before you start you should:

  • Read the job description carefully to find out about the job
  • Research the company online. Some companies may also have tips for filling out their applications
  • Use your CV or other applications you've completed to use as a starting point 
  • Read the application questions carefully to make sure you understand what you need to do
  • Write a first draft of your answers. Look back over them and see if you can improve them. You may want to add more information or take things out
  • Check if the application includes space to write about yourself. If so, read information about personal statements

As you fill out the application you should:

  • Make sure that you follow the instructions exactly
  • Put down as much information as you can to answer each question
  • Be honest
  • Be accurate. Double check dates and names to make sure they are correct

After you complete the application you should:

  • Check the spelling and grammar. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes or typing errors
  • Make sure that everything you’ve written is correct
  • Save a copy of the job application. You can then use it as a base for other applications. You can also refer back to see what you have written if the employer asks you to interview or phones you

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