Applying for jobs
Get the most out of job searching, applying for jobs and interviews. We've put together some top tips to help get you get started.
Widen your job search
Write a winning application form
An application form is the way most employers decide who to invite for an interview. It's important that your application stands out.
- Make sure it includes information about you that's relevant to the job you're applying for
- Check the spelling and grammar before sending it off
- Make sure everything you've written is correct. Double check names and dates
- Know your strengths and experiences and include them in the application
Top tip! It might be worth photocopying your application or saving on your computer before sending off so that if you get an interview you can read over it to remind yourself of what you said. It will also be useful when applying for other jobs.
How to answer questions in applications and interviews
Example answers for competency questions
Making your application stand out from the crowd
Write a strong CV
Sell yourself well in your CV. With a strong CV that highlights your skills and strengths clearly, an employer will be more likely to ask you to an interview.
Take a look at our guide to writing a CV
From CV to Interview
What should I write on a CV?
Plan ahead before your interview
If you've been successful and have an interview it's important to research the job and company beforehand.
Planning can help you to feel confident and more relaxed in an interview. Of course, feeling a little nervous can be a good thing as it shows you that you want the job!
- Reading over the job description to remind yourself of the job details
- Reading over your application or CV
- Looking for the company online to find out more about what they do - there's usually an 'about us' section which tells what the company's about
- Find out where the interview is held and make sure you know how you can arrive there in plenty of time