Application forms

Often employers prefer candidates to apply using an application form. As with CVs, you need to market your skills and experiences effectively, but this time you will need to fit your experiences into a set template.

Tips for application forms

  • Learn all you can about the organisation and job you are applying for so you can tailor your application. Read their brochures, check out their website and LinkedIn, talk to people who work there if you can, analyse the job advertisement and job description.
  • Before you start gather all the materials and information you may need e.g. dates, names and addresses, your CV, academic transcript (check to see if they require an unofficial or official one).
  • Follow instructions. Take care to enter the correct information in the correct place.
  • Take your time over interview type questions (e.g., ‘Why do you want to work for us’, ‘Describe a time you have contributed to a team’s success’). Your answers need to show that you have the motivation, skills, qualifications and experience to do the job and fit into the company. Give evidence and examples. To help frame your answer use the STAR formula (Situation, Task, Action, Result).
  • With these interview type questions include specifics - numbers and statistics that demonstrate your achievements or responsibilities. For example, say ‘Supervised 5 part-time staff’, ‘Organised music event which involved coordinating with 10 performance groups’, ‘Personally fundraised $2000’.
  • Check your application for spelling and grammar. This is the employer’s first impression of you and you want it to be good.
  • Copy your completed form so you can remember what you said.
  • If you get stuck, look for a Help or a FAQ section on the form or website.
  • When attaching a CV, check the format and file size requirements.
  • Allow plenty of time to complete your application form.  It may not be as quick or simple as you expect.

Other useful resources for completing application forms

We have researched some useful websites to help you complete your application form: