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An employer may ask you to complete an application form instead of sending a CV. The form could be on paper or online.

Follow our guide on how to fill out an application form.

Before completing your application form, read the job description and instructions to understand what the employer wants. Research the employer to find out who they are and what they do. Using this information, you can tailor the information you include on your application form.

You may be required to complete your application form online using a computer, If you do not have access to a computer, you access one at your local library and the East Riding Employment, Education and Skills service can help.

Your application form will include similar information to your CV and should include:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Education History - starting with the most recent first and include
  • Employment History - starting with the most recent. You can include work experience and volunteering activities
  • If you have a gap in your work history you should give a brief explanation and say what you did during that time
  • Application forms often include this section where you give examples to show that you have the skills and knowledge the employer is looking for you can use the Use the STAR method to help structure your examples
  • You may be asked questions on the form set by the employer, or have to explain how you meet the job requirements laid out in the person specification that comes with the form
  • You'll usually need a work-related reference and a personal one. Make sure you check with people first that they’re happy to provide one

Once you have completed your application form, make sure you:

  • Check the spelling and grammar
  • Sign and date it
  • Save a copy for use with future applications, and in case you're asked about it at interview

You may also need to include your:

Useful Links

The National Careers Service has some great information writing a CV.

Are you a young person? Use the CV writer on www.logonmoveon.co.uk to create a CV?

Are you an adult? Visit our East riding Employment Education and Skills to see what support is available to you.

BT – Stand OUT Skills

CV templates can be found from the following sites:

Hire Me - Hear from local employers to gain an understanding of the expectations that employers have when it comes to recruitment. Including CV writing, Assessment Centre, Interview Techniques and Interview Etiquette.