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Job Applications – the details matter

Job Applications – the details matter! If your experience of applying for a job has generally involved sending a CV to the recruiter or employer, the whole process of completing application forms may seem somewhat alien and daunting. However, like with every stage of the job search process, it doesn’t have to be like that. Every application form is different – from the generic ‘employer’s application form’ often used by the Job Centre through to quite detailed and extensive forms which seem to cover everything, including frequently the type of questions you would generally only hear at interview. The fact remains however, that irrespective of the application type, many candidates let themselves down on the smaller things – the details. With that in mind, here are our “Basic tips for Job Applications – the details matter.”

Full Completion
When an application requires you to complete every box, that must be done. If questions or sections are irrelevant, simply add N/A ( not applicable) in the entry field. Leaving gaps not only looks unprofessional but also indicates that you haven’t paid attention to the instructions given. Many candidates make the mistake of going through their application forms, completing the easiest sections first and then going back over to fill in the gaps as it were. With this approach however, it is easy to miss out some questions or even entire questions. Always make sure that you check over the form in its’ entirety before sending off to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Writing and Text
If you choose to complete the application form manually, make sure your writing is clear and legible, but also that you have completed it in the right colour of ink. Most forms stipulate that they ought to be completed in black ink, so that’s what you must do. I have personally seen applications being discarded by HR Officers simply because they were completed in blue or even worse, green ink, when the instructions clearly stated otherwise. Also, some employers are even specific about the font type and size you should use when completing a form the ‘non-manual’ way. Make sure you follow their instructions. Again, this may seem like a minor detail, however it does often count.

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