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16 October 2014
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Letters and application forms are used by employers to decide who to invite for interview. Unless you get onto the interview short list you won’t get the job. This is why it’s worth taking time and trouble to produce your best effort.

Tips - Application forms

  • Read through the whole form before you start. Work out your answers on paper or a photocopy first. Don’t write on the real thing until your practice copy is perfect.
  • Word process or write clearly and neatly in black ink. Block capitals are a good idea.
  • Give full details of all the information you are asked for. Write in sentences rather than single words.
  • Don’t leave out any section. If you feel a question clearly doesn’t apply to you - write N/A (‘not applicable’).
  • Don’t write anything which is untrue.
  • Don’t make spelling mistakes. Get someone else to check your form for you.
  • Keep a copy of the completed form so you can remember what you wrote if you get an interview.
  • If you get stuck - ask someone for help.

Example Application Form


Cymraeg (Welsh)


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