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How to write a great application

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Transcript of How to write a great application

Putting yourself onto paper
What employers are looking for
How to identify personal strengths
Application documents
CARL
Real applications

What are employers looking for?
Helpfully, they usually tell you...
Person specification
Criteria
Essential qualities
Selection criteria
'Who we are looking for'
'What you need'

'We would like to hear from you if you are committed with a positive work ethic and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft IT packages, GCSE Maths & English

Minimum of grade C or equivalent , an NVQ 3 in procurement or have relevant experience.'


'Do you want to join a team working in a world famous eco building which attracts visitors from all over the world?

Are you a team worker with a genuine interest in people getting the most out of ICT and a good understanding of options for mobile devices and internet connectivity?

Do you have an interest in office space planning and refurbishment using energy efficiency concepts?

If so, you could be the perfect person to join our team.'

Look for clues

Explore their website
Look at similar jobs
Explore Prospects job descriptions
Use your imagination- what do you think they are looking for?
Ask them
Ask us
The employer will be looking for these in your application
Ability
Motivation
Fit

Do you have the skills required in the person specification

Can you DO the job?
Do you WANT the job?
Would you fit in with this organisation/company

Are you LIKE THEM?
- Research them
- Know your sector
- Read 'about us', but do more
- Speak to people who work there
- Know yourself, actually what kind of person are you??!!
- what attracts you to the job?
- what excites you about this opportunity?
- Have you done things like this before?
- Do you know what you are going to do in the job?!
- Get to know the job description
- Check list the Person Spec
- Buy a highlighter!
What written documents do employers use?
E.g CV


COVER LETTER
APPLICATION FORM
PERSONAL STATEMENT
LINKEDIN
MOTIVATIONAL LETTER
COMPETENCY QUESTIONS
What are my strengths? Do I have the ability?
Sometimes you might have obvious experience from work, or your degree which match the person spec

Sometimes you need to THINK and RELATE
E.g what about hobbies, societies, personal life, specific modules, similar examples, FINDING LINKS
cv
ABILITY ABILITY ABILITY

WHAT WHEN WHERE
ACHIEVEMENT
SKILLS
SPECIFIC

PRETTY!
Cover Letter/Motivation Letter
MOTIVATION & FIT
MOTIVATION & FIT

ABILITY ABILITY ABILITY ABILITY
ABILITY ABILITY
ABILITY ABILITY

MOTIVATION & FIT
PLEASE & THANKS

Personal Statement/ Additional Information/ How do you meet the requirements etc.
Have they asked you specific questions? ANSWER THEM

MOTIVATION & FIT MOTIVATION & FIT

ABILITY ABILITY ABILITY
ABILITY ABILITY ABILITY
ABILITY ABILITY ABILITY

MOTIVATION & FIT
PLEASE & THANKS!
Tactics for WRITING motivation, fit & ability
MOTIVATION (Do you want the job)
Have you told the employer?!
Have you clearly stated and explained your interest in this sector of work, this job?
Have you said why?
Do you sound enthusiastic



FIT (Are you like them?)
Have you talked about the organisation?
Have you said what and why they sound good?
What are you looking forward to?
What do you share with them? (common goals, values, belief)
Have you done more than repeat the website?!
ABILITY (Can you do the job?)
Have you addressed each of the points in the person specification?
Have you talked about your skills in relation to this?
Have you given
EVIDENCE?
CARL
Context
What was the situation/set the scene

Action
What did YOU do? Real tasks

Result
What was the outcome? quantity or quality

Learning
What did this experience teach you (about the competency being questioned!)

Make a Great Application
What if there is no Person Specification?
ABILITY
MOTIVATION
FIT
PROFILE
cv
Not fixed!
Remember, this means you don't have to have it
May be equivalents like this in your field of work. Could be proven by informal experience just as well as through a job
Think about what words like this could mean
Probably loads of examples, which is 'best'?
Ok just to state that you are willing! Can you support it through evidence of doing this before?
You don't NEED to show these BUT can you talk about your interest in them (after googling?!)
Starting to write your applications

Check, check, check some more for
,
Spelling
Answering the questions
Filling in all relevant sections
Demonstrating the person specification
Saying why you want THIS opportunity






Spelling and grammar
Misunderstanding/ misreading information
Not answering the question
Not evidencing the job requirements
Not being specific to the organisation
NB What if you don’t know the employer?

Why are applications unsuccessful?
Some of the main reasons that employers tell us applications are unsuccessful.
All these are avoidable!
• Read instructions provided and follow them

• Use step by step guides provided, and any other tips

• Make a draft/copy or save the online form in word so you can check and double check what you have written. Come and get feedback from CareerCentral before you submit

• Check you have filled in everything you need to in order for it to be accepted


PROOF READ!
Spelling mistakes can be an instant ‘no’ from the employer

• Make sure you have thought about including key words from the person specification

Application Forms
Very common with employers
Standardise applicants
Combine elements of Ability, Fit, Motivation
Include different sections
Can be filtered electronically
May be timed
Still need to be tailored!

Application Must's
Remember ABILITY, FIT, MOTIVATION and how these relate to the PERSON SPECIFICATION
From here...
How to... series
CareerCentral appointments
Self help - look closely at your own applications
MyCareerCentral Resources

VIDEO APPLICATIONS
What if this isn't the job of your dreams?
This can be tough...
Focus on your actual motivation...
Is it appropriate to share?

- Money?
- Experience?
- Getting into the sector?
Enthusiasm...

'A ​feeling of ​energetic ​interest in a ​particular ​subject or ​activity and an ​eagerness to be ​involved in it'
Be genuine.
Resources...

Please describe a time that you had to lead a difficult team. What did you do and how did you ensure success? (maximum 150 words)

Who is your ideal client and what services do they provide? What services and advice could PwC offer this client? What commercial/industry issues are affecting this client in the business market that should be taken into account when a providing them with advice?(maximum 500 words)
Application questions...
How would you say the recession has affected the retail sector?

‘Please demonstrate your commitment to promoting Equal
Opportunities’

Example Answer:
‘I have always tried to ensure in my personal and work
life that I am sensitive to and inclusive of the cultures
and circumstances of other people. In 2006, I worked
as a mentor and facilitator to a group of students on
the Aim Higher project to encourage pupils from nontraditional
backgrounds to consider university. I designed
projects and activities that recognised and focussed on
the diverse experience within the group. The programme
was successful for the pupils and a rewarding learning
experience. It showed me that working together with
mutual respect is more productive and rewarding’.
How to...
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