Application forms are used by recruiters to standardise their application processes. Most large employers now use online systems, which require the completion of a web-based template – sometimes within a specific timescale once started. Some employers may also ask for other documentation, for example a CV, to be sent by email or uploaded onto a website.
The Careers and Employability Service is here to help you with all aspects of applying for jobs including advising and reviewing your application form.
What do I include in my application?
The answers to include on your application depend on the job role you are applying for and are based on the job description and person specification employers provide to help you understand the role and fill in the forms.
The employer will probably want to know why you want the job. Most application forms will include a section asking applicants to talk about why they are interested in the role. Employers only want to recruit people who are genuinely enthusiastic about working in their organisation and it makes perfect sense to ask applicants to explain their interest.
Do you have application example questions?
The Careers and Employability Service have written an in-depth guide to completing an application form with some example questions and answers to give you an idea about how to tackle the form and important things to include.
There are also some example speculative application letters to give you some ideas about how to construct them.
To view the guide please visit our website.
Where can I get my application reviewed?
The Careers and Employability Service have a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can either book a careers appointment by coming into the Careers and Employability Service or via telephone, +44 (0) 23 9284 2684. We do also offer drop-in application clinics please check MyCareer for details and times. You can also access a wide range of information and advice on our website at www.port.ac.uk/careers.
How to Contact us
Visit us at:
Careers and Employability Service
University of Portsmouth
28 Guildhall Walk
Telephone or Email:
t: +44 (0)23 9284 2684