First Impressions
When making an application, or writing a CV, ensure that the font is simple, and that the layout is clear.
Bear in mind that the employer will be seeing many applications, so it’s important that yours stands out.
Use Bullet points, paragraphs, and highlight key words, so that at a glance the employer can see that you fit the criteria and will want to read on. Be sure to check your spelling and grammar before you send it.

Be Specific
When you are applying for a role, you need to show the employer why their company appeals to you, and why you are the ideal candidate for the role. Do your research, and make reference to the company’s core values, any specific schemes they run or successful projects they’ve undertaken.
Occasionally you will be able to paste text from one application to another, but always ensure that you tailor the information to make it specific to the role you are applying for. Employers can tell when information has been directly pasted, so do be careful to re-read it through, and keep only the relevant text.

Give Examples
If you are good at working to tight deadlines, then prove it by giving a solid example of a time in which you successfully did this.
For example,

    ‘ In my previous role I was often required to work to tight deadlines. An example of this is when I received a request for an urgent report from a client. I used my initiative and prioritised the days workload, being flexible in my plans so that I was able to send the report by the end of the day.’

Be Unique
Show the employer what makes you unique, and how your personal skills can be utilised within the role. Maybe you’ve volunteered for a local charity, worked in a busy customer services role or have a black belt in karate.
Make your application stand out by offering the employer a set of personal skills which are transferable to this role and to the company.

Be Confident
Don’t under sell yourself.  Use positive words when describing your previous roles and skills.

‘Since graduating, I have had several rewarding temporary positions within Support Work. These varied roles have given me a stronger understanding of the industry, and have confirmed to me that I wish to pursue a lasting and rewarding career as a Support Worker.’

Sounds better than,

‘Since leaving university, I have been working in temporary roles in Support Work. Now that I have experience within the field, I am looking for a permanent position.’

Prove to the employer that you are ready to take on the role, that you are committed and that you are keen to take on the challenge.

Read and Re-read 
It’s so important that you make a good impression by clearly understanding the role, and the application process. If you receive application guidelines, ensure that you read the information thoroughly to avoid making a mistake that could cost you an interview.
Common mistakes include, not attaching the requested documents, not specifying which role you are applying for within a company, and sending the application in the wrong format.
Re-read the guidelines before you send it off, to make sure you’ve completed everything that’s asked of you, and that you’ve shown you meet the person specifications and job requirements.

Good Luck!

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