Many employers, especially large organisations, design application forms to assess your suitability for a role, instead of asking for a CV, so you may find that in some cases all of your focus will be on the application. Selling yourself to potential employers in the best possible light can involve a fair amount of preparation and effort. You will want to get across your knowledge, skills and experience throughout the various stages of any application.
How to complete a job application
Employers will want to see that you are keen to work for them specifically, so it is important to do some research into who they are, what they do, who their customers or clients are, and who their competitors might be, and use this information when you are describing your interest in the company.
Employers will want to know:
Why you are interested in the company
Why you are attracted to the role
What makes you suitable for the role
Get help with job applications
Our advisers are on hand to provide feedback and advice on all manner of job applications. Not only that, they can help you to prepare so that you virtually shine at assessments and interviews.
We can help you to:
Recognise the full extent of your skills and experience (particularly those developed during your time at Essex) and help you to describe these in a way that is relevant to employers
Identify gaps in your employment profile
Feel confident that you can create an excellent first impression with employers
Appreciate that applications and CVs must be tailored
Be proud of what you have achieved
The Essex Application pack
The Essex Application pack is a completely self-contained resource that takes you through completing competency-based and statement-based job application forms.
The pack contains a sample job description and example application forms, giving you key things to think about to best sell yourself to employers. It should not take long to get some major benefits from it and we would strongly encourage you to read the whole Essex Application pack (.pdf) and ensure you follow the checklist when you’re writing each tailored application.