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 University of Portsmouth’s employability service, Purple Door 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. Some employers will not ask specific questions about your skills and experience but will instead ask you to provide information in free text to show how you meet their requirements. In this situation you will need to refer to the person specification and job description and make sure that you address all of the skills, competencies and experience that they ask for. You may find it useful to use the sections in the job description or person specification to create your own headings to organise your answer and make sure that you miss nothing out. This will also make it easier for the employer to find and cross-reference your responses against the specification.
Do you have application example questions?
Purple Door 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?
Purple Door, the University of Portsmouth’s 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 Purple Door or via telephone, +44 (0) 23 9284 2684. We do also offer drop-in application check clinics please check MyPurpleDoor for details and times. You can also access a wide range of information and advice on our website at www.port.ac.uk/purpledoor.
How to contact us
Visit us at:
University of Portsmouth
28 Guildhall Walk
Telephone or Email:
t: +44 (0) 23 9284 2684