- Give yourself enough time – don’t leave it until the last minute
- Research the employer and the job. Think about how your skills will be useful to the employer and then, decide if the job is for you before you apply.
- Make a photocopy of the application form so you can fill it out in draft first. Many libraries and newsagents have photocopiers.
- Read the employer’s instructions carefully before you start. Make sure you are doing what you are being asked.
- Use a black pen. This will mean your writing is clear if the employer photocopies your application form.
- Complete all sections neatly and accurately.
- Be positive about your skills, achievements and experiences.
- Proofread and check your spelling, punctuation and grammar. Remember, the spell check on your computer will not spot everything. Get someone to read through your application.
- Think about who will give you a good reference which is relevant to the employer or job. You could use an employer, a teacher, tutor, youth worker, sports coach etc. Make sure you ask their permission first.
Make a copy of your completed form when you’ve finished, so you have it as a reminder if you get an interview.