With many graduate employers using online applications as part of their recruitment process, you need to be prepared to effectively market yourself and evidence your skills and competencies.
With employers having large numbers of applications to sift through, you will need to understand the skills that they are looking for in order to make an immediate impact. Be sure to demonstrate what you’ve achieved and clearly demonstrate your suitability for the role.
Continue reading to discover how to stand out from the crowd (in the limited space an application form provides), and land yourself that all important interview!
Personal information – provide basic details such as name and email address.
Educational background – detail your education in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Include the institutions you’ve attended, courses taken and qualifications achieved.
E.g. Give an example of a time when you have worked as part of a team? What did you do to ensure success?
E.g. Explain how you meet the selection criteria providing evidence of your suitability.
Work experience – detail your work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent first). List your main duties and responsibilities, emphasising those matching the job you are applying for.
Competency based questions – you may have to answer
competency style questions.
Give specific examples when you have demonstrated the skill, behaviour or competency.
Personal statements – you may be asked to write a statement in support of your application.
Use the space to explain why you are applying for the position and provide evidence that you meet the requirements.
Some employers have a specific word limit, others will be happy for you to continue onto additional pages.
Address ALL of the employers requirements using the key headings or bullet points specified in the person specification.