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Successful Application Forms

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Careers adviser presentation, September 2014

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Successful Application Forms

  1. 1. Careers & Employability Centre Successful Application Forms Autumn 2014
  2. 2. Why do employers use them? • Set their own priorities • Level playing field • Practicality • To put you off applying?
  3. 3. Why you should welcome them • Level playing field • Shows you their priorities • Gives you the chance to shine
  4. 4. Before you start writing • Exploration: • The role • The employer • The requirements • Identify your: • Strengths • Weaknesses • Motivation • Resources: • sussex.ac.uk/careers • prospects.ac.uk • targetjobs.co.uk
  5. 5. Find your strengths for the job • Pick a job: • BT Business Management graduate scheme • Tate Britain Audio Visual Administrator • ConSol Trainee Recruiter • Hertfordshire Learning and Organisational Development Officer • Identify the requirements from the advert • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
  6. 6. Types of question Can you do the job? Ideal Candidate Will you do the job? Will you fit in? Are you eligible?
  7. 7. Life & Educational Information • Name, contact details • Education & Qualifications • Work Experience • Interests Are you eligible? My hobbies include watching television, computer chess, stamp collecting and walking my 2 spaniels
  8. 8. Motivation questions • The ‘why?’ questions • Why do you want to work for us? • What sets us apart from our competitors? • Why did you choose this stream/role over others? • What makes you suitable for this type of business? • What do you expect to be doing in your first year/as a trainee?
  9. 9. Competency questions • Tell us about a time when… • You overcame a difficult problem (outside your studies) • You persuaded someone to take a different course of action • What has been the biggest challenge in your life? [disguised] • Not just narrative • Use the STAR approach
  10. 10. STAR • Situation • Task • Actions • Results
  11. 11. Organisational fit questions • Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party? • What do you like to do to relax? • How would a friend describe you? • How do we compare to our competitors? • Looking for insights into your personality
  12. 12. The big white space • Popular with public sector recruiters • You set the agenda – research and analysis
  13. 13. A few to learn from Socially as well as challangingly rewarding Hi, I want 2 get a job with U I am a computer maniac Finished eighth in my class of ten
  14. 14. Further support and resources Booklets and information at sussex.ac.uk/careers Careers advice 1:1 Just ask! careers@sussex.ac.uk 01273 678429

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