Hints for a Successful Application

  • Applications forms can be either completed in a written or a typed format.
  • Before you start, planning is important.  Make sure you read the instructions on the application form thoroughly.
  • Prepare a draft of the application form and then transfer the information to the actual form – if your completing it by hand.
  • Read over the job description and person specification before starting to complete the application form to make sure the information you include on the form is relevant.
  • Make sure you answer all questions and fill in all the boxes.
  • Make it clear which qualifications you have.  Do not just put, for example NVQ – we need to know the subject.
  • If there are any gaps in your employment history say what you were doing during this time – for example: bringing up your children.
  • The ‘supporting information’ section is your opportunity to sell yourself therefore make sure you use it to your advantage.  You can include any information here that has not been covered elsewhere on the form.
  • Do not copy and paste your CV into the supporting information section.
  • The key to a successful job application is to be succinct, positive and clear, whilst satisfying each of the points listed in the person specification.
  • Provide full contact details for referees.  Ensure they know  you have put their name forward as  a referee.
  • Make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes in the application form and if possible get someone else to read through it for you.
  • Keep a copy – If possible try to keep a copy of your application.  This will be useful to assist you with the interview.
  • Please make sure you allow enough time before sending off your job application.  If you are posting it ask for proof of postage.  If you’re sending it by email ask for confirmation PIPS have received it by requesting a read receipt.