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Placement preparation Dr Laura Bradley Placement Tutor Application Forms Guidelines Applying For Jobs Making a successful job application means convincing someone else that you are: • Qualified • Interested • Personally suited Application Forms Guidelines • Timely applications are essential – It is always good to get your application in on time, but in a more competence climate it’s vital. – Start looking for jobs early and keeping closing dates for application at the forefront of your mind. • Be a well informed candidate… – Keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of for example, IT and telecommunications, business…. Application Forms Guidelines • Most employers in Northern Ireland will not accept a CV. – If they are recruiting they will usually respond to your CV by sending you their company application form. – This is the result of local fair employment legislation. – Local companies will often include a separate form for equal opportunities monitoring. • A CV is widely accepted outside NI and will also provide a useful summary when you are completing company forms. Application Forms Guidelines • You need to know about the company and the vacancy you are applying for. – You must demonstrate that you have thought about you application and really want to work for this organisation. • The main difference between a CV and a company form is that you have control of the design of your CV while an application form is designed by the employer to provide the information they regard as relevant to the post. – Most major companies are looking for job related knowledge and relevant experience as well as transferable skills. Application Forms Guidelines • Amass your Evidence – Look at the selection criteria – Find evidence to meet these criteria • Do exactly what they say – Employers will ask you to send them a CV, a particular application form or to apply online SAF Standard Application Form EAF Employer Application Form Application Forms Guidelines • Target your application – Target the company – shows that you have made an effort • Don’t be afraid of hard forms with difficult questions – Answers should be meaty with no waffle • Don’t leave any gaps - Account for any gaps in education / employment • Get a second opinion - Get someone to proof read your form Application Forms Guidelines • Be aware that some employers put a lot of stress on past academic performance e.g. A- level grades. • If your A - levels are weak, stress your more recent degree course grades. Employers are also interested in the depth of your knowledge of IT subjects. Application Forms Guidelines • Being interested in working for the company is an essential requirement, not just for your own job satisfaction but from the employer's point of view. • Do some research on the company, then use your answers to application form questions to demonstrate what you have learned about them. • Quote your sources so the selector can see the trouble you have gone to. Application Forms Guidelines Past experience is considered the best indicator of future performance. Application Forms Guidelines • When trying to demonstrate your personal suitability for a job, a good approach is to use key words from the job description. Try and match these with examples drawn from your experience Application Forms Action Words Action Words Try using some of the following to add colour to your application and to project a positive image. achieved elected initiated pioneered advised encouraged launched planned arranged enhanced led proposed assisted exceeded managed represented clarified facilitated mastered researched completed founded negotiated simplified Online Applications Guidelines • Quicker and easier for the company • Online forms take as long as paper ones to complete and require just as much preparation and thought • If you can, download the form and fill it in before going live • Cut and paste your perfect answers from a word processor if possible • Save regularly in case of crashes Online Applications Guidelines • Some online forms incorporate an aptitude or personality test. These may be timed and you only get one chance, so don’t start them until you are ready • Very few forms have spell checkers, so take care that your English is OK • Don’t rush it. Only press ‘submit’ when you are happy • If you haven’t heard from the organisation after a few weeks, give them a call. Machines can have errors. Job Advert Sample • Fast growing, dynamic…. They won’t want to spend a lot of time holding your hand. You should demonstrate you are keen to learn new skills. • Belfast, London and Dublin They are mobile, are you? Job Advert Sample • Financial Services etc Do you know what these business sectors do? Can you provide other examples than the ones in the advert? • Smart What are your grades like? • Capable Evidence of achievement. • One in ten chance Its competitive. What makes you better? Job Advert Sample • CV Legible – spell checked – thorough – differentiating factors • The Interview Introductions – Background – how you ended where you are Summer jobs, responsibility What do you know – How can you apply it What are YOU looking for Employer Views Liberty IT • ‘A good academic background is most important along with a passion for what the candidate enjoys, should it be building websites for friends or a love of music or sport’ Northbrook Technology NI • ’Information is tailored to the position applied for • Logical sequence of information • Information supplied is up to date’ Employer Views Intel Ireland • ‘Short and to the point • State degree and graduation year • Correct spelling’ Singularity • ’Neatly presented information – type if you don’t trust your own handwriting • Relevant information – demonstrate you have the skills required • Don’t leave blank spaces’ Application Forms Sample Questions • Example Questions About You – Describe a situation where you have had to influence people – Please give one or two recent examples to illustrate your abilities to work effectively with others – Looking at your life as a whole, indicate three key events or experiences which you considered to have been instrumental in shaping who you are – Please identify any major successes in your life to date Application Forms Sample Questions • Example Questions About The Job – What relevant skills and qualities can you bring to the organisation? – Why do you think you would be suited to a career in consulting?/ banking – Explain which specific factors attract you to your choice of career Application Forms Sample Questions • Open-ended Questions • Structure is the key here: – state why you are interested in this job and this organisation – describe the key qualities that you can bring to the job [with evidence that proves you have them] – Detail any work experience or course work that has been of special relevance – List any technical skills Application Forms Sample Questions • Business Awareness Please indicate any particular sectors of our business that especially interest you, and give the reasons why. • Job Awareness Please give an indication, with reasons, of the type of work you would like to pursue, mentioning any relevant qualities or expertise you possess. • Problem Solving Describe a problem or project you have had to solve. What methods did you use? Application Forms Sample Questions • Team Work Have you ever been a member of a successful team? In your opinion why was the team successful? • Planning & Organising Give details of your main extra curricular activities to date. What have you contributed and what have you got out of them?
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