Tips for Applicants

Top tips for your application form

Read what you need to do

Every partner listing their vacancies on this site will have a different method of applying. Please make sure you read the guidance provided to understand what is expected of you and follow their instructions.

Fully complete forms

Fully complete all the required forms, providing as much information as you can. If there is a section which is not relevant to you, please enter something in the box, such as ‘not applicable,’ to show that you have seen it, but it does not relate to you.

Tailor your form to the job

Make sure that you have the specific job you are applying for in mind when you are completing your application form, so that you reflect the particular requirements of the job. Demonstrate how you can meet those requirements in your response.

Check and check again

Before submitting your application, read through the whole form and check it makes sense, does not contain any grammatical or spelling errors, and shows everything you want to say in support of your application.


Application forms are designed so that they ask everyone the same questions in a standard way, making them easier to compare. They are used to assess how applicants meet the required criteria for the post.

When completing your application form, think about how your form is going to compare and present your information in a way that will help it to stand out; making you the candidate the employer will want to interview.

Top tips for your CV

What is required of your CV

If you need to complete an application form, then your CV should be a supporting document to complement your application form – not a replacement. If you need to apply solely through a CV, make sure you show clearly that you are the ideal candidate for the job by providing all of the relevant information that you can.

Clean and clear

CV’s should be clearly laid out, enabling the reader to easily find the information they require. Make your CV easy to read and clutter free, keep it clean and clear, don’t hide the important information amongst photos, clips and other graphics.

Tailor your CV to suit to the job role

If you have only got to send a CV to apply for a role, take the time to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of the particular job you are applying for. This way it is easier to see that you are interested in a particular role, rather than that you are just submitting a generic CV which could be relevant to many positions.

Proof read to spot errors

Before submitting your CV check through for any spelling or grammar errors. Remember to regularly update your CV to reflect new achievements, completed projects, changed job roles, and changes to personal details.