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Sometimes you’ll be asked to complete an application form rather than upload your cover letter and CV. You may be asked to upload your CV as well as complete an application form.
They can take longer than you think to complete, so give yourself enough time to apply. You can usually save your progress as you go along, so you don’t have to complete it in one go.
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The form will usually be split into sections, including:
The application questions will usually be in one of these forms:
Using the CAR method
CAR (Context, Action, Result) is a good way to structure the examples you give:
Context: briefly set the scene for your example. ‘In my part-time work in a busy coffee shop…’
Action: explain what you did. ‘...I demonstrated leadership skills by mentoring new employees and assisting the supervisor during busy periods...;’
Result: explain the outcome. ‘Leading to me being promoted to supervisor where I managed four colleagues and dealt with any problems that occurred during my shift.’
You may be thinking about mentioning a long-term health condition or disability in your application form, or you might want to ask for adjustments in the recruitment process to ensure you have a fair chance to demonstrate your suitability for the job. For more help with this, see our page for students with disabilities, and talk to us about any concerns or questions you may have.
Some students are concerned about disclosing a criminal record that might affect future employment - read about what you need (and do not need) to disclose, and the support available.