Completing the form

When you complete an application form:

  • Answer all questions carefully
  • Write your answers clearly and neatly
  • Be specific in your answers and provide evidence to support the skills and experience you mention (Example: CAR method - Challenge, Action, Result)
  • If you are responding to a particular profile, make sure you address all the skills required
  • Use headings and bullet points to present your information as clearly as you can -  make the recruiter's task as easy as possible. Break up long paragraphs so  information is easy to find. The job description will give you clues as to what headings to use.
  • Where the number of words for a section is given, make sure you stick to it, however tempting it may be to write more. If you attach additional pages (with the agreement of the employer) be sure the title them clearly.  
  • Focus on the skills and experience that are most relevant to the role
  • Make sure you keep the form clean, easy to read and error free