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Written Applications

You usually start off your application for a job by sending the employer a copy of your CV or by completing their application form. The next set of pages go into more detail about this.

The CV or application form gives your possible future employer their first impression of you. Make sure it is as good as you can make it and that the content is relevant to the job you are applying for. All jobs have selection criteria. Most employers include them in their adverts, in their brochures, on their websites, talk about them at presentations or even produce job descriptions. In your written application make sure you include things that match these criteria. There is no need to tell them about the things you can't do - concentrate on your strengths.

The written application is crucial and many job hunters don't take it seriously enough, more candidates are rejected on the basis of their written application than at any other stage of the selection process.


Further Information

  • Please see the Prospects website for further assistance on completing application forms.