Writing a job application
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.
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