A job application form is the first opportunity you have to show employers that you are perfectly suited to the role that they are offering. That is why we believe that one of the most important aspects to consider when filling in a job application is to ensure that you refer to the job role within your answers and tailor your skills to the company’s needs.
This allows the employer to see how you believe that your skills are relevant to the role they are offering, and makes your application seem more personal to the company.
One of the most important things to check on your CV and Job application is that you have included your contact details and that they are up to date. It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Well, here at Inneo Recruitment, we find that many people send us their CV’s with no contact information! Even if they are perfect for a job role, we have no way of contacting them!
How to Format your Job Application
When formatting your CV or application, we recommend that you are precise and concise, and use bullet points to make it easier on the eye.
Using colour on your CV is a great tip, and can be done through showing the logos of the previous companies that you have worked for.
The use of italics and bold type is another option you could use to draw the eye to key points that you do not want to be missed.
Choose a font that is clear and easy on the eye, this will allow the employer to read through your CV without difficulty.
Another aspect to consider when applying for a new job is to ensure no mistakes have been made regarding spelling. This is an easy error to correct, and a simple spell check on your computer should solve most mistakes.
However, even once you have spell checked and read through your job application, we recommend to ask a family member or friend to have a read before sending it off, as it also allows some constructive criticism on what could be improved.
I am sure we have all told a white lie on our CV to get that dream job. However, this can be risky and we recommend you keep your CV accurate and truthful. If you get caught out it could at best make you look an untrustworthy candidate and at worse result in the rejection of your application.
Research the Company
Research the company before sending out your application or attending an interview. This will not only allow you to understand your job role further, but will also show the employer that you are a keen candidate and have taken time to read up and research about their business.
Once your job application has been filled out and sent off, we recommend that you follow the company up the next day with a phone call to ensure that they have received your application, showing that you are a keen candidate.