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How to write a great application
An application form is your opportunity to tell us why we should interview you. Its an excellent opportunity for you to create a good impression. Here are some tips to help you put a great application together:
- Write your answers in relation to the job description & person specification - this allows you to really explain your skills and match them to the job you are applying for. Give real life examples to demonstrate how you match the criteria. For example if the person specification asks for an "Ability to recognise and respond to risk' give an example that demonstrates when you have done this really well
- Keep your information relevant, concise and factual - don't write pages of text. Using bullet points (or the headers in the person specification) may help you to get information across clearly.
- Be as original as you can - 'I am honest and reliable and can work well on my own initiative as well as part of a team' may be true but it is also one of the most over used statements in recruitment. Remember use real life examples to demonstrate you mean what you say!
- Tell us why you want the job. There is no 'right' answer to this question - What we are asking you is why you think your are suitable for the post, so tell us.
- If the post you are applying for is different to your work experience, tell us about the skills you have learnt elsewhere and how they will help you in the post you are applying for.
- Lay out application clearly so that it is easy for us to read and highlight important information.
- Its important that all sections of the application form are completed, if you don't do this it tells us you haven't followed the instructions
- Get a friend or family member to read through what you have written
- Check carefully for spelling mistakes or mistyped words - they create a poor impression
- Don't let lack of experience put you off. We don't always look for experience - your potential, ability and approach to supporting our service users is equally important
- A good application form will get you to interview, a poor one wont. An application form is your chance to create an impression, so make it a good one.
- There is a reason why we ask for application forms to be completed, so attaching a CV to a blank application form is not a good thing to do.
Some of the things we look for at interview
- Your personal presentation - what you wear and how you look
- Your Interpersonal skills, your manner and attitude and how you communicate with us and the people that we support
- How You present information and work with the people that we support
- An awareness of supporting vulnerable people