WHEN applying for a job, you may be asked to fill in an application form. Most employers use online application formats for job applications, for example, an email, PDF or online application databases.
Your application is made up of your CV, cover letter and other required documents sent as attachments to an introductory email.
You may be asked to download an application form, such as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. You then fill in the required information and upload it, along with your CV and other required documents.
Some companies have an online application process, which uses a database. It captures your answers to questions about your relevant skills and experience. You may also be asked to upload your CV and other supporting documents.
Completing the form
The website will often have an “Apply now” link. You may have to register a username and password. Make sure you remember your login details so that you can be able to return to your application later. Type your responses into your own document and transfer the information into the form or database. It allows you to spellcheck your answers and guards against losing information if the computer or website crashes. Comply strictly with the word or character limits for your answers. Use similar words in your answers to those used by the employer. Often, word recognition programmes are used to screen applications.
Print a copy of your application. Reread it and get someone who knows about job applications to give you feedback. Keep a copy of each application form. When it gets to the interview stage, you need to remember exactly what you told the potential employer. Before submitting the application, make sure you have included any relevant attachments, such as CV, cover letter, statement relating to the selection criteria. After you have sent the application, you will usually receive an automatic acknowledgement.
Answering the questions
Respond to every question. If the question is not relevant, write “not applicable” rather than leaving it blank. Never write “refer to CV”. It makes you look lazy and uninterested in the position. Complete any optional questions that give you the chance to explain how your interests, abilities and career goals match the organisation’s requirements. Provide relevant examples to back up your responses to questions. This is particularly important when answering behavioural questions. You may also be asked to take an online psychometric test. You will usually have only one chance to take the test, so make sure that you are relaxed and prepared before you start.
Lawrence Jugmohan is the head of Digital Street and senior automation engineer at Hollywood Bets.