You will need to apply in writing for most jobs. Written applications are generally a key part of securing a good job. A well-presented written application is often the first impression you make with the potential employer. Most employers will ask you to submit your job application by email or through a website. Other employers may want you to send your application in the post.
Below are some handy hints for putting together a good job application.
Before you start writing your job application
Research the employer and the position you are applying for
Identify the skills, attributes, knowledge, experience and qualifications you have to suit the advertised job.
Putting together your written application
Don’t send too much; employers don’t want information they haven’t asked for (include only your skills and experience that are relevant to the job)
For most jobs, make the application clear and to the point
If you are applying for a creative job, it might be appropriate to show your creativity
Type your application (unless the employer has asked you to write it by hand)
Make sure your application is easy to read; use standard fonts at around 12-point size, put spaces between paragraphs, leave space at the sides of your pages
Include your name and phone number in the header or footer of each page (in case the pages become separated)
Number all pages in your application.
Making the final checks
Re-read the job advertisement and any other information
Make sure you have responded to what the employer has asked for (this is sometimes called ‘selection criteria’)
Check over your application for small mistakes, then ask someone else to check over it as well
Check if the employer has asked you to send multiple copies of your application.
If you need to post or hand-deliver your application
Print all pages on clean A4 paper
Make any corrections on the computer before you print or re-print your application
If the employer has asked to see certificates and other formal documents, only send copies
Use an envelope that fits A4 paper without having to fold your pages
Make sure you mail it in plenty of time or drop it off in person.