Candidates are sometimes required to apply for a job using a form rather than a CV and will be used by the recruiter to compare applicants on a like-for-like basis. Forms can be daunting and time consuming, so allow plenty of time and follow these five steps below:
- Start by reading through the documents sent and take a copy of the blank form so you can draft it out first.
- Read the Job Description to identify the main responsibilities, and pick out relevant achievements from your CV that matches the top competences required by the job. Check the minimum requirements e.g. specific qualifications and experience, if you are missing any then explain why your experience or knowledge is of equal value.
- Use black ink only, write clearly and don’t cram too much text into the boxes. Most forms will give you the option to enclose additional supporting information on white A4 paper. Forms are read quickly by the recruiter and the use of bullet points in appropriate sections can help emphasise key information
- Sections entitled ‘other information’ are a good opportunity for you to sell your strengths and achievements. Answer ‘not applicable if a question isn’t relevant.
- The form should be completed promptly, take a copy for your records and return the original by the close date. Only a brief covering letter will be required and you can use this format to remind the recruiter how you match the key requirements of the job