EXAMPLE APPLICATION FORM

 

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  Education   
Examinations taken
School  From - To   Level Subjects Grade Year
Whitstable College, Whitstable, Kent 2010 - 2012   A Level History
English
French

B
C
D

2012
2012
2012

St Augustine's School, Whitstable, Kent 1997 - 2004   GCSE Maths
History
English Lang.
French
Science
Geography
C
A
A
B
C
A
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
University Degree   Subject Class expected/obtained  
University of Kent 2012 - 2015   BA History 2:1 expected  
 

 

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WORK EXPERIENCE
You may include all types of work experience: full-time, part-time or vacation work, paid or voluntary.

Many students hesitate to go into detail on their application forms about jobs that they see as irrelevant to their future career plans but any job can be important in giving evidence of your personal qualities. Even low-level and routine jobs generally involve at least one (and often all) of the following: customer service, teamworking, cash handling, working under pressure, time management. You don't normally have to list each and every job you have ever done, so if you have had a large number of short-term jobs, you can summarise them as follows:

2004 - 2009 Initially at home with two young children, doing some freelance word-processing work. Once the children had started school I held various temporary jobs in the retail and catering sectors before beginning my Access course, and continued to work part-time during the course.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Include hobbies, interests, membership of clubs and societies, posts of responsibility. Indicate the level and frequency to which they are pursued and what you get out of them.

Don't make lists: "reading, cinema, sport" under "Interests" will not tell the employer anything useful about you. Give details of the extent of these interests and any clubs, societies or achievements related to them. Which of the following looks better:

Wine, women and song or

  • Founder of University Wine-Tasting Society: negotiated discounts with local wine merchants and organised several Society visits to Calais Volunteer worker at local Women’s Resource Centre, where I assist with childcare and organising fundraising events
  • Member of University choir: have performed in many concerts on and off campus including the University Carol Service in the Cathedral.

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OTHER QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS EXPERIENCE
These may include computing skills, knowledge of foreign languages, driving licence, undergraduate projects, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, etc

List qualifications only if they may be relevant to the job or say something about you as an individual: first-aid, sports coaching or TEFL qualifications may fall into this category, but (for example) a basic food hygiene certificate is only likely to be of interest to employers in the hospitality industry.

REFEREES
You should normally give one academic referee - somebody who has taught you at University and can put your academic record in context. The second referee should (except for postgraduate study applications, where two academic referees may be required) be an employer or a character reference.

If you do not feel that any of your previous employers are likely to be in a position to give you a reference (perhaps you were there a long time ago, or your supervisor has moved on) a schoolteacher, family friend, etc can be used as a character reference.

Always ask your referees' permission in advance, and give them a copy of your application - this will help them highlight the most important points. Don't worry if your referee is not based in the UK - most large companies can cope with this and even with references in languages other than English, although it may be more of a problem for smaller employers

DESCRIBE A SITUATION WHERE YOU HAD TO WORK IN A GROUP TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK.
Key Skills: teamwork, co-operation, listening, planning, time management.

Don't forget to state the part you played within the group, and the outcome of this task

DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN YOU WERE FACED WITH A CHALLENGING SITUATION, AND HOW YOU RESPONDED TO IT.
Key Skills: flexibility, coping, problem-solving, planning, decision-making.

Don't worry if the only "challenging situations" you can think of seem quite mundane. It is the approach you took to them that is important.

DESCRIBE A SITUATION WHEN YOU HAD TO INFLUENCE OTHER PEOPLE.
Key Skills: persuasion, leadership, verbal communication, negotiation.

Don't just describe the situation and the result, but remember to outline the approach you took to this situation and what method of influencing worked best.

GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A TIME WHEN YOU DEVISED A NEW WAY OF DOING SOMETHING.
Key Skills: initiative, analysis, problem-solving, creativity, persuasion.

Again, outline how you went about devising your method, why you felt it was necessary and what the outcome was.

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WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO APPLY TO OUR ORGANISATION?
Surprisingly, many people find this one of the most difficult questions to answer - especially if they are applying to a number of broadly similar organisations. Focus on positive points - the training and career development potential - rather than material factors such as salary and location, but don't just quote the brochure back at them. The answer must focus on why YOU feel that this organisation is the right one for YOU.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
What you put in this section is entirely up to you.

You could use it to cover anything which you have not had room to include in previous sections - to explain poor exam results, for example, or reasons for taking a year out/career break. You could use it to expand on your relevant skills and experience, or your interest in the company or to give more detail about relevant aspects of your degree studies, such as projects or dissertations. But do use this space - don't waste an opportunity to make an impression as an individual.


 

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