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TOPIC: How do you write your job applications

How do you write your job applications 28 Apr 2017 06:56 #2106

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The reason for this question is to see if we can come up with some standard template letters that members could complete in less than one minute.

I'm sure you all have different approaches and layouts for your job applications and if we could gather them all together we can create a choice of template letters that other members could learn from and use.

If you met someone at the Jobcentre and they asked you ...What's the best way to write a job application? What would you say to them?
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How do you write your job applications 28 Apr 2017 08:42 #2108

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Good idea Spanner and I think it would be beneficial to have a few templates. It`s been a long time since I wrote any applications for a job but usually I just write a spec letter for that specific job and detail my skills or why I think I would fit the role well and pass that on with my CV. But I could learn a lot by looking at other`s ways of applying and which words or terms to use on any application forms as some can read like the Spanish inquisition! Templates are always good.
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How do you write your job applications 28 Apr 2017 09:23 #2111

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Must admit I would be a bit lost on this one, As in all my working life never wrote one :ohmy:
In my younger days it was word of mouth, And if they liked the look of you a weeks trial, so you could prove you could do the Job.
Later on it was just face to face interview, Often in a Pub ;)
Times have changed so would be interested in members input on this subject.
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How do you write your job applications 28 Apr 2017 09:39 #2112

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Applications and CV`s these days seem to have to be what employers want to see relating to their requirements but not only that, they seem to also put people on the spot with trick questioning and scenarios that some may find baffling or `put on the spot`. They say prepare for an interview, but you can only do what you can on the day and if your fed questions you can`t easily answer, your scuppered anyway. So the application is only the start. Then you need to face the interview, so researching that organisation takes time and effort too. Sometimes there isn`t enough quality time to do that when your given a job interview with little notice, so you will be sent there with little knowledge of who you are meeting with or few clues to what the job role is apart from the title on the application.
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How do you write your job applications 28 Apr 2017 10:53 #2116

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I always find them tough questions to answer, "what would you do in this situation?". Maybe aswell as the application template, you could have a footnote/ a guide of what these firms are looking for in your answers if not covered by the template. So this covers all bases that are not listed in the menu? :huh: As it has taken my years to answer the question, and not what I thought what they where looking for :S .

Mind you I had some jobs that where completely different from what they lead me to believe from me in the interview :blink: ?
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How do you write your job applications 28 Apr 2017 11:50 #2118

If there's one question type I hate above all others it's "give an example of when you have ..." my condition results in a tendency to trivialise everything meaning I have very little recollection of stuff I've done in the past, not because I have a bad memory but simply because I don't care enough to commit pointless none factual data to memory. Hell I have to manually calculate my own age whenever asked.
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How do you write your job applications 13 May 2017 11:51 #2502

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Hi all,

I think Total jobs & CV library have letter templates built in so you can modify before you apply.
Once you have copied and pasted your application letter into website apply window it saves a ton of time an ideal way of doing the mindless 35 hrs a week job search for UC claimants.

As the joke centre keep telling me tailor it to my own needs ,so brick layer apply s to work in Greg's always seems appropriate right! :cheer:




Edit for your own circumstances:
www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/free-cover-letter-template/

[Your Name]
[Address]

[Hiring manager’s name]
[Hiring manager’s company name]
[Company address]

[Today’s Date]

[Name of Recipient]

Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms [Hiring managers name – if not known, simply Sir/Madam]

I wish to apply for the role of [Job Title], currently being advertised on reed.co.uk. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration.

As you can see from my attached CV, I have over [time period] experience in the [Sector] industry, and I believe the knowledge and skills built up during this time make me the right/perfect candidate for the role.

In my current role as a [job title] at [employer name], I have been responsible for [Insert a quantifiable and notable achievement/s - e.g. a x% increase in revenue], which when coupled with my enthusiasm and dedication [insert skills relevant to the role – usually found in the job description], has helped the business to [measure of success].

I am confident that I can bring this level of success with me to your organisation and help [company name] build upon their reputation as [state their position in market – learned through your research]. With my previous experience and expertise, I believe my contribution will have an immediate impact on the business.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further.


Yours sincerely/Yours faithfully,
[Your name]
[contact phone number]
[Signature - if desired]
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