Career planning and making applications

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Career planning and making applications

Completing an application


Forms may need to be completed and submitted online, or they may need to be filled in by hand. Similar rules apply to both online and handwritten application forms.Filling in application forms can be trickier than you think, and honesty is essential: everything can be checked by the employer!

Application forms


Do your research on the

job and company/course and college you are applying for.Do your homework: check you have all the essential qualifications and skills they require.Practise writing out answers to the more complex questions.

Before you start


Double check:

your spellingyour grammaryour punctuation.



If you are going to submit a handwritten application form, ensure that:

your handwriting is neatthe form has been completed tidilyyou have completed the form in the correct colour ink (check the instructions on the form for this information).



For CVs and their accompanying letters, the same

rules apply:your CV must be accurate, honest and clearyour accompanying letter must be properly laid out, neat and tidyyou should make sure you meet all the essential

criteria and preferably some of the desirable ones too.The CV and accompanying letter


Telephone callsYou might want to contact the employer or college before you submit the application. If so, here are a few things to consider:be prepareddo

your researchhave all the information you might need to handspeak clearly do not use slang termsbe politepractise

what you are going to say before you ring.


Types of interviewThere are several different types of interview:Individual: you and one interviewerPanel: you and several interviewers

Telephone: you will be interviewed over the telephoneGroup: you and a group of other applicants being interviewed togetherSkype: you will be interviewed on SkypeTest- or task-based: you will be asked to do something related to the jobPresentation: you will be asked to prepare a presentation to give as part of the



Preparing for the interviewYou should be told which type of interview you will be attending. If you are nervous about interviews, it is a good idea to practise with someone else first. There is lots of help online


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