Filling in Graduate Job ApplicationsFind a job
- How to find a graduate job Stage 1:
- Identifying your skills
- Personal branding
- Work experience
- Identifying your work experience
- Job hunting with a 2:2
- Big company or small? Stage 2:
- Commercial awareness
- What do employers want?
- The employment market Stage 3:
- Graduate CV advice
- Cover letters
- Ten mistakes to avoid Stage 4:
- Where to look Stage 5:
- How to apply
- When to apply
- Be realistic in your search Stage 6:
- Interview techniques
- Video interviews
- Five disasters to avoid
- Assessment centres Stage 7:
- Managing rejection
- Taking risks Stage 8:
- Accepting job offers
- Graduate salaries
- Understanding your payslip
- Guide to student loans
It is increasingly common for companies to request that applications are filled in and submitted online, which means that you will have to spend a considerable amount of time thinking carefully about what to include. You should consider the application form and your CV as one and the same thing - both are platforms for you to showcase yourself and stand out from the crowd.
Making a good application depends on identifying your key skills and being able to demonstrate concisely how they fit in with the requirements identified in the job description.
You should also think about how this position (and you, if you are to fill it) fits into the company as a whole. What is their mission statement? What are the company's short-term and long-term goals? How can you demonstrate that you can help them get there?
Think about how this position fits into the company as a whole. Remember that you only get one chance at an online application, so it's worth the time it takes to fill it in correctly.
Your local careers service should have examples of these applications, or you can print a few off the employer's website for practise.