Exercise 2.5 Completing a sample application form 1 Read through the whole of the sample application form. Make a mental note of any instructions. Does it ask for any or all sections to be completed in a particular colour? In block capitals? Does it want your employment history in chronological order (most recent last) or reverse chronological order (most recent first)? 2 Apart from the information in your ‘Education and qualifications’ and ‘Employment history’ forms you completed in Exercise 6, do you need to have any more information to hand before you start completing the form? Do you know your National Insurance number? 3 When you draft your reasons for leaving, remember to be positive, not negative. No employer is likely to want to interview someone who writes: ‘Didn’t get on with my boss’. Say something more positive, such as: ‘Wanted to gain wider experience.’ 4 Don’t leave ‘additional information’ blank: this space is a chance to sell yourself, so make sure you include all the experience and skills you have that relate to the job, including any gained from hobbies and voluntary work as well as previous work experience.
Published on Apr 10, 2011