I wasn’t planning on sending out my email on how to perfect your application forms for another couple of weeks.
But with the Association of Graduate Recruiters claiming that there are 65 students chasing every training contract vacancy (see story) you shouldn’t under estimate the importance of perfecting your application forms.
Application forms are the first point of contact you’ll have with a potential future employer so it’s really important to get them right. So if you don’t want yours to end up in the bin then have a read of our Application Forms survival guide (read article).
In a nutshell the key to filling in the perfect application form is to pay attention to detail. Make sure your form doesn’t have any spelling mistakes - that includes the spelling of a firm’s name. Another top tip is to avoid regurgitating a firm’s graduate recruitment brochure or website such as listing off the deals it has been advising on as firms already know how great they are.
On the same token, don’t do what one candidate did and rip off a song from a West End musical and adapt the words to describe how great the firm was.
Indeed, other things that are best avoided include enclosing presents with your application form or pictures of you posing like a cover girl. References to sex are another no-go area, so don’t do what one student did when she was asked to describe her greatest achievement she wrote losing her virginity. All of these examples might sound a bit far-fetched, but I promise you they’re all true.
But seriously, treat every application you complete like an exam and you’ll have a very good chance of securing an interview. Good luck.