Many application forms are rejected because they contain simple spelling mistakes.
Therefore its important that after filling in either a online or paper application form always go over what you have written to make sure that the spelling is correct. You should use a spell checker tool to spot and remove and grammatical errors.
Tips for candidates when applying for equality and diversity jobs
Go over what you have put down and make sure it reads correctly, it may also be a good idea to get a friend to proofread what you have written.
If the application form contains compulsory boxes or sections to be filled in then make sure they are all completed, try not to leave any blank. Finally remember to keep a copy of the application form, so that if you are called for a interview then you will know what you have written and can refer back to it.
These are letters that can be used to accompany a CV when applying for any diversity jobs. They are a opportunity for you to sell your self to the employer, and to encourage them to read your CV or application form in more detail.
If possible always try to address the covering letter to the person who is advertising the vacancy. As with any correspondence when applying for jobs ensures that there are no spelling mistakes.
Covering letters should be short, typically no longer than say 3 or 4 paragraphs. They should be to the point and list your skill sets and a brief statement saying why you think you are suitable for the role. You can also put in there what has motivated you to apply for the vacancy, other points you can mention in the covering letter are:
- Your knowledge of the industry.
- Highlight those points you consider to be your strengths.
- Quickly explain any gaps in your CV or application form.
Finally always sign the letter and never send a photocopied version of it.
Writing a CV
The aims of your CV is to catch the readers attention within the first 1 minute, then to encourage them to read your entire resume and finally to get them to invite you to a interview.
There are many formats and styles that you can use to write CV’s out, they can be industry specific or they can be generalist ones that can be used for all industries.
As a golden rule keep your CV as short as possible, limit it to a maximum of three pages. Never try to waffle and keep to your main points and strengths.
Writing a covering letter
Writing a professional CV
The layout and design of a CV
Tips for employers on how to conduct a interview