BAD APPLICATION FORM - HOW NOT TO DO IT!

 

This is an example of a wasted application – although the candidate has the potential to succeed, they have not put in the time and thought that are needed to ensure success. The application is spoiled by careless errors and ill-thought-out answers that will put it on the fast-track to the rejection pile. See how many errors you can spot

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GRADUATE APPLICATION FORM
Please complete using black ink

Surname Title (Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Other)
Davies  
Forename Name by which you prefer to be known
Robin Lee Robin
Home Address Term Address
12 Cushing Court,
Hammer Lane
Whitstable, CT6 3AZ
As home address
Date of Birth
18/05/03
Nationality
British
Do you require a UK work permit?
No
Education 

Examinations taken

School                  From To Level Subject Grade Year
Whitstable College,
Whitstable, Kent
2011 2013 A
A
A

Business Studies
Law
Mathmatics

B
C
D

2013
2013
2013
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
English Lit.
English Lng.
Mathematics
History
French
Science
Geography
Art
A
B
B
C
B
C/C
B
C
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
University From To Degree Subject Class expected/obtained
University of Kent 2013 present B.A.(Hons) Management Studies with Law 2:1

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WORK EXPERIENCE
Please give a brief outline of your most significant work experience, including vacation and/or voluntary work. State what you gained from this experience that will benefit you in the position you are applying for.

  I had a paper round at school and did work experience placements in a firm of solicitors and on the local newspaper. While at college I worked part-time in the local branch of Pasta House, serving at tables and carrying out kitchen duties. During University vacations I was employed on the production line in a factory producing plastic products for the plumbing trade. I also have some experience of telesales, bar work and car repairs.

None of these jobs are really relevant to a career in marketing but they have given me a broad insight into the job market and experience of working with other people as well as independently. This experience also gave me the committment to study hard and to do well in my degree.

 
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
I have played for the badminton teams at school, college and university, captained the college team and and was awarded university Colours last year. I was also the vice-chair of the student council at college which involved liasing between staff and students on issues ranging from accomodation to the curriculum.

I also enjoy swimming, rollerblading and basketball and go to the gym once or twice a week for weight training or circuits.

I am a member of several university societies including TUMS (Tyneside University Management Students), the Student Law Society, the Debating Society, the Campus Curry Club and the Serious Drinker's Society. In my free time I like socialising with friends, going to clubs and films and keeping up with current affairs. I also attend meetings of the local Institute of Advanced Motorists and hope to take the Advanced Driving Test at a future date.

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OTHER QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS EXPERIENCE

Full driving license.
Knowledge of several computing packages, including word processing
and databases
Basic knowledge of French

WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO APPLY TO THIS COMPANY AND THE AREA OF WORK YOU HAVE CHOSEN?

I am interested in working for a company with a good reputation that offers high-quality training and security of employment as I feel this is necessary to allow me to achieve my potential.

The motor manufacturing sector is attractive to me as I have always had a great interest in motor vehicles of all kinds and my ideal would be to make this interest part of my career. I have therefore selected marketing as a career option as this would allow me to use my enthusiasm for your products to promote them to the motoring press and public.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Have travelled in South-East Asia and Australia

I am currently trying to raise sponsorship that will enable me to undertake a parachute jump for charity. If you can help, please contact me at the term-time address above.

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HEALTH

I am generally in good health but occasionally suffer from ingrowing toenails.
I am allergic to shellfish.
I am short-sighted but this is fully corrected by contact lenses or spectacles.

REFERENCES
Mr Tom Read
Pryze Plastix Ltd
Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate
Whitstable
Kent

Mr Bruce Greevey
Hawkes Burgess Perry (Solicitors)
19 Green Street
Swalecliffe
Kent

 

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