Published on March 4, 2014
Winning Job Applications Tahira Majothi Careers consultant www.careers.salford.ac.uk 0161 295 5088
Workshop Aims: • Understand the different types of application forms • Awareness of why employers use application forms to aid recruitment • Effective application form tips https://www.flickr.com/photos/aadl/6774975718/sizes/m/
The good, the bad and the ugly… When did you last fill in an application form? What do you find challenging about application forms? What would you do differently if you had to fill it in again? https://www.flickr.com/photos/paolomargari/1992019542/sizes/l/
Types of Application Forms • Job application forms (part-time, on-line graduate schemes etc.) • Voluntary work • Postgraduate Study (Masters or PhD)
Why do employers use application forms? • Cost effective way of dealing with a large volume of applications • Level playing field • Sifts out candidates who don‟t meet basic requirements • Help to determine whether it‟s worth interviewing you
“You had me at Hello”- what your application should say about you Suitability to undertake the role: Tangible, targeted and relevant evidence of your: • Knowledge • Skills • Experience Showcase your EMPLOYABILITY to help you to secure an interview !
NUS & CBI Employability Guide for Students: Working towards your future
It’s all about perspectives a) What is the employer looking for - i.e. the essential/desirable criteria: knowledge, experience and skills b) What Relevant knowledge, skills/experience can you offer, how are you a perfect „fit‟ for the company?
What‟s the right way to approach applications? • Read, understand and follow instructions on the form • Research the company before proceeding http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/research_company, http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm , employer directories, company websites etc • • • • Write a draft – how do you meet the competencies? Highlight both the Essential AND Desirable criteria Use the STAR Technique to answer questions Proof read
Use the STAR Technique to answer competency questions –S: Describe the situation/setting –T: Explain the task/or objective –A: What action did you take? –R: What was the result or outcome?
Example of a person specification: Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience: • PhD/Master‟s/Degree in… • Experience of research methodology • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to relate to staff and students • A positive and flexible approach to work • Demonstrable ability to work upon own initiative. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team • Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise own workload Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience: • Experience of delivering presentations • Experience of coordinating and facilitating small group activity • Ability to deliver excellent customer service
Hello, is it me you‟re looking for? – provide evidence of your suitability Knowledge Application Form person specification • Academic modules, dissertations, technical skills etc. Experience Skills • Live projects, placements, part-time work, positions of responsibility e.g. Student Rep, enterprise activities, Student Societies, voluntary work, community engagement, conferences and presentations, collaborations etc. • Communication, teamwork, organisational, leadership, problemsolving, initiative, literacy, numeracy, languages, creativity, attention to detail, negotiation, IT, social media etc.
Provide specific examples as evidence: Leadership – Student rep, Student society/sports club, SAA etc Teamwork – volunteering, student society, STEM Ambassador, Enactus Enterprise, university projects etc
Exercise: Answer these Application form example questions In no more than 250 words, describe a time when you have had to communicate effectively. Did you have to adapt your communication style?
In 300 words, provide an example of when you have demonstrated effective teamwork. What was the task and what was your contribution?
Describe a time when you had to achieve a set goal, what did you do, what challenges did you face and what was the outcome?
Positive words and sentences:
Summary • Follow the guidelines and instructions on the application form. • Allow plenty of planning time to complete the form. • Research the company and read through the role requirements, is this the job for you, and if so, match your relevant knowledge, experience and skills. • Proof-read and keep a copy of the form • Submit before the deadline!
Select Simulator: Help with application forms www.selectsimulator.com
Where to find opportunities Depends on type of opportunity e.g. placement, graduate, academic etc: • Lecturers, placement office etc • Social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, e.g. Twitter @UoSCareers, @salfordpgrs etc) • C&E jobs and voluntary board: http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/jobs • Careers Fairs: http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/meetemployers • Recruitment Agencies: http://www.rec.uk.com/home • Voluntary work: http://www.do-it.org.uk/ • Academic: www.jobs.ac.uk
Careers Events 2014 Postgraduate Enterprise Futures (Collaboration with Universities of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan) May 2014 (TBC) http://www.postgradenterprise.co.uk/ Manchester Graduate Fair (inc. PhD Zone, 11th & 12th June 2014) http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/students/ events/graduaterecruitmentfair/
Useful Links Application Forms Careers Guide http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/careerguides Prospects: Interviews and Applications http://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying_for_jobs_example_questions_and_ans wers.htm Target Jobs Applications http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/applicationsand-cvs Tips for Academic Careers https://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchercareers/career-management-for-researchers How to deal with different application forms http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careersadvice/jobseeking-tips/1131/how-to-deal-with-different-application-forms University of Kent Careers Service – application form tips https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/applic.htm Tips for online applications http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/onlineapps.htm
Careers Guidance & Support • 1 2 1 careers guidance offered in person or via Skype • Careers workshops and events to meet employers • Information, advice and guidance to help you explore careers options; review your CV or applications and mock interviews. www.careers.salford.ac.uk Call 0161 295 5088
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