Do you have any advice on completing application forms?

Many employers now ask candidates to complete an application form for every vacancy they apply for.

They do this so that they can compare all the applicants for a given job on a standardised basis, and usually to a Person Specification - which outlines what experience, skills, knowledge and abilities the candidate should have.

Completing application forms is one of the most time consuming aspects of job search. You should try and minimise completing applications for jobs that you do not have any chance of getting an interview for. You can try and judge your suitability for any given job by reading the Person Specification and looking at the list of experience, skills, knowledge and abilities, and thinking about which ones you can meet and examples that you can write about to prove it.

Accessible application forms

All employers are required under the Equality Act to make application forms accessible. This can be done by either making them available in an alternative format or by offering a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process, for example allowing you to complete the form over the phone. 

Further information can be found on RNIB's Application forms and covering letters webpages.

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