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Tips for completing an Application Form
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Tips for completing an Application Form. Article by Witty Sandle, University of Warwick Careers Service

Tips for completing an Application Form

Check the competencies and qualities the employer is seeking and show clear evidence that you possess them.
Think about how you can show your committment and motivation to work for the organisation.
Research the employer and the occupation so that your application is fully informed.
Give yourself plenty of time. These things always take longer than you think and you want to do yourself justice.
Read the form through first and make notes in draft about what you are going to say in which section. Use it as a clue to what the employer or course wants from you.
Select your competency examples from a range of settings, e.g. academic, work related, extracurricular activities, etc.
Use all the word space allowed. This is a chance to sell yourself.
Make sure you keep a copy of the form so you can remember what was said when you are invited to interview.
If English is not your first language, ask an English friend or colleague to review your grammar and choice of vocabulary.

Types of Application forms

1. An on-line application form from the employer's website - this is the main way of application to most graduate employers.

If possible, download the form into a word processor application or print it off. Work on either of the draft copies. If you use the word processor, make sure you spell check it (by eye as well as using a spell checker) and then simply paste it back into the online application. Make sure also that you print off the completed version so you can refer to it before the interview.

Remember - the employer will expect the same standard of presentation of the form as they would for a hard copy, so do not be tempted to use a chatty, email style or abbreviated words.

NB Do not submit the form until you are entirely happy with it. Most systems will not allow you to recall the form if you have made a mistake.

2. A form in hard copy to be completed and returned by post. Some employers ask for a Standard Application Form, which is available from the Careers Service.

Copyright for this article belongs to University of Warwick Careers Service

This document was re-printed with the kind permission of Witty Sandle. Original Source of the article is located here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/careers/undergrad/hunting/nb1e/application/

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