With the job market more competitive than ever and employers receiving record levels of applications, it’s more important than ever that you make yours stand out. Applications forms are used to compare candidates and essentially decide who’s worth seeing – and who isn’t. So, you could have the skill-set of Einstein but if you can’t sell yourself well in writing then your dream job could slip through your fingers.
Believe it or not, employers really want you to succeed. Here at AXA, we’re genuinely excited to find graduates who can help us to push our success even further. First impressions are hugely important and your application is effectively our very first meeting with you. So we’ve put together some useful tips to help you to make yours shine.
Make it relevant
Whilst being regional tap dancing champion of 1994 is indeed an achievement, how relevant is it to the role? The reason that most employers choose application forms rather just asking for a CV is because they’re looking for specifics not generics. They want to know if you’ve got the initial skills that the role requires. So read through all the information about the job and try to make clear links between your skills and experiences and the responsibilities of the role.
Make it credible
You need to be able to prove everything that you say. While it may seem tempting, there’s no point upgrading your degree classification or smudging dates of unemployment. Because even the most basic of background checks will separate fact from fiction. Fibbing on your applications can not only be embarrassing but it can also completely ruin your chances of getting the job.
Make it yours
Employers want find who you are so if your application sounds exactly-the-same as the last one hundred, it could dampen your chances of impressing them. Try and show your personality throughout application. While the phrase ‘sell yourself’ can send shudders down spines, in many ways, your applications gives you a lot more control to do so. You don’t have the worries about an unexpected question cropping up or pre-assessment nerves. So you don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet and tell the employer what makes you special.
Make it perfect
Present yourself with all the care and attention that you would at an interview. Spell checking and proof reading should already be second nature. But also remember to structure your sentences well and avoid jargon or waffle. Try and give the most important information first to make sure that the reader doesn’t miss anything. And always do a draft copy first; if the application is online, print your first attempt out and read through to check you’re completely happy with it. Because once you’ve pressed send, there’s no going back!