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Application forms

An Application Form, either paper based or on-line, is a document you complete when wishing to be considered for a specific post.

Some employers will ask you to fill in an application form instead of sending a CV.  It is as important as a CV.

So, if you don’t want your application form to go on the ‘no’ pile, then here are some tips. Application forms are normally available:

  • as a paper copy sent to you in the post (not very common any more but smaller employers may use them);
  • as an electronic copy sent by email; or
  • online via a website (many large companies, e.g. supermarkets and large high street retail outlets, will have online application processes).

Employers use application forms to assess your specific skills, experience and qualities so make sure you answer all the questions fully, giving examples of when and how you have demonstrated them. They will also be looking at your spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Remember … this is your first chance to impress the employer!
It is important to match your skills and experience to the job description and qualifications and skills needed. For a small company, these may only be found in the job advert , for larger companies, they may have written a job description and person specification.

Larger employers, particularly those with online application processes will give you guidance on how to fill out their application form. For example:

Click here for hints and tips for completing an application form