Each application form will be different and organizations may have specific instructions about how to complete their form. However, there are some general principles which apply to any application form process:
Take some photocopies of the form to practise on, before you begin to complete the full version.
Make sure you read all the instructions carefully and answer all the questions - don't leave any gaps. Link your answers to evidence and to what the employer wants.
When describing a situation be clear about how it arose, what your role was in the process and what the outcome was.
Use a range of examples and adapt your answers for each application.
Keep things concise, i.e. write in short sentences and don't include irrelevant information.
Use positive language and make the answer easy to read and interesting.
Do make it neat and make sure your handwriting is legible - don't use correction fluid, unless absolutely necessary.
Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar - get someone else to check it too. You may want to show a draft version of the form to a Careers Adviser. Keep a copy of your final form and post in good time.
When you apply for a job you are typically asked to complete an application for employment. You may be asked to complete a job application even if you have already submitted a resume and cover letter. That way, the employer has a record of your personal and employment history, verified and signed by the applicant.
It's important for your job applications to be complete, correct (no errors) and accurate. Here is the information you will need to complete an application for employment and tips and suggestions for writing applications that make a great impression.
List your most recent job first when completing employment information.
List your most recent education first. Include vocational schools and training programs as well as college and high school.
References don't necessarily have to be professional. If you have volunteered you can use members of the organizations that you have helped or if you are a student use your teachers. In all cases, ask for permission prior to using the person for a reference.
List all relevant activities and honors, but be selective. If you have more activities than can fit in the space given don't include the ones that are not significant -- the two days you spent last spring on a community clean-up day, for instance.Read the criteria for selection carefully to understand what the reviewers are looking for.
Scholarship looks for applicants who "show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, and the ability to lead," so include your volunteer and community service activities, emphasizing those in which you took a leadership role.Most importantly, your activities should represent your varied talents and passions outside the class room. The reviewers are trying to get a sense of who you are and what you believe in. Make sure your activities reflect that.
Remember, in any application (for a job, grant, graduate school, etc.) the powers that be want to know three things: why is it important to you, why it is right for you and why you are right for it. Your application should be built around this message.