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Write applications

Employers set application questions. They decide whether to interview you based on how well you answer the questions.

You might have sent off lots of job applications and are not landing those interviews. Maybe you just don’t know where to start. Take a look at the tips below. Write an application that gets you an interview.

Top Tips for Applications

Keep your application relevant and specific for the job

In your answer, include details of skills and experiences that are most relevant for the job. The skills and experiences you include must match those listed in the job description and person specification.

Including the relevant information will show that you have read and understood what the employer is looking for.

A well-thought out and specific application is more likely to get you that interview.

Employers might think you’re not really interested in the job if you don’t make your answers relevant and specific. Remember, they read a lot of applications, so yours needs to show that you really want that job.

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 let employers know 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.

Watch the length

Some employers and recruiters are very strict with the length of answers in job applications. If there is a character limit, you must keep within it.

Contact us for help and support if you need it.

Job applications checklist

Before you start

  • 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 and other applications you've completed to use as a guide
  • Practise your answers first. This means you can make sure you get it right

As you fill out the application

  • Read the application questions carefully to make sure you understand what you need to do
  • Make sure that you follow the instructions exactly
  • Put down as much information as you can to answer each question
  • Be honest. Use examples from your own life
  • Be accurate. Double check dates and names to make sure they are correct

After you complete the application

  • Check the spelling and grammar. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes or typing errors
  • Make sure that everything you’ve written is correct. Double check dates and names to make sure they are accurate
  • 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

Still unsure about job applications?

Contact us for advice and support with filling in job applications. We’re here to help.

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