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Why do employers use them?

  • Easy to assess if the candidate matches the required criteria.
  • Ensures candidates provide all the required information
  • Focuses on information relevant to the position
  • Ability to compare candidates on a like with like basis.

What information is required?

  • Personal details: name, address, telephone, e-mail, nationality/right to work
  • Education: institutions, dates, qualifications
  • Training: course, dates, training provider, qualification
  • Employment/work experience: employer, dates, job title, responsibilities
  • Personal statement: why you want this job/type of work? How your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification?
  • Referees: name, job title, contact details (with their approval)

Tips for completing the form

  • Print or photocopy the application form so you can draft the information required before completing the final version of the form.
  • Read instructions carefully, particularly regarding the option to include additional pages or the preferred date order of information.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the form prior to closing dates, particularly the personal statement.
  • Keep the style formal – no text speak.
  • Check for spelling and grammatical mistakes

Tips for completing the form cont…

  • Check you have completed every section of the form
  • If you are unable to type the form ensure that your handwriting is legible.
  • Ensure you also complete any additional forms required: crb check, equal opportunities monitoring, etc.
  • Keep a copy of the completed form together with the job description as this will be helpful when preparing for interview.

Clare Cogan
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Purple Chilli Recruitment
Mobile: 044 7583179866

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