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Applying for jobs

Applying for jobs

Complete these steps when applying for jobs.

The first step

Read through all the information included in the job application pack, including the application form. You could photocopy the form for practice in completing it.

Use appropriate colour, normally black ink, to complete the application form or complete it electronically if possible. Make sure that any hand-written details are neat, clear and easy to read.

The next step

Complete all sections given on the application form, where applicable. Most application forms have a section where you must explain how you meet the requirements in the Person Specification. This is a very important part of the application and it is your opportunity to really sell yourself. Read through the Person Specification, making notes on the skills, knowledge and experience you have that meet the requirements. The more you can match the requirements of the person specification, the more likely you are to be selected for interview.

Use any relevant skills, knowledge and experience, including voluntary work and any unpaid work. Ensure that any employment gaps are fully explained. Use relevant examples to explain how you meet each requirement.

Set out the section neatly so each requirement has your response below it and is clear and easy to read.

You should use extra paper if necessary and attach to the application form.


Complete the original application form when you feel that you have got everything ready and check spelling and grammar. Take a copy of the completed application form for your records before you send it off. Make sure that it will arrive before the closing day, by post, email or by hand.

Good luck!