The reason schools are told to use application forms is so that all applications are mde in an identical way and we are comparing like with like. It also means that we get answers to all the basic questions and can see things like gaps in employment history easily and ask about them at interview.
I don't necessarily agree with everything on the Safer Recruitment front, but the standard application form has highlighted possible issues with two candidates that I have interviewed in recent months. In both cases, the suspicions turned out to be well founded and one saved us from making a big mistake.
If anyone wants to know more about Safer Recruitment in schools, you can do this free online training course. You don't have to do it all in one go, but it doesn't take long. It does help to explain why schools are doing things the way they do.
Safer recruitment now applies to private schools as well, so you won't avoid the dreaded application form that way anymore.
As for not bothering to do the 'leg work' - why should they? If they get 45 CVs for a job and 3 fit the requirements, then why would they need to bother to traipse through your quirkily written CV for the info they need.
If you are selling something - and in this case, you are - yourself - you don't leave it under the counter in its locked box, do you? You lay it out on the counter, showing all its advantages.
Leaving a prospective employer the task of unlocking the box is not going to help you.
Remember also, that in quite a few cases, the person looking at the CV is looking for buzzwords, because they are not technical. If the application is done via a form, then they know where to look, but in a many-paged CV they may miss the relevant info or indeed not bother to look for it at all.
Like elsie, I don't agree with all aspects of Safer Recruitment but it is useful, particularly when the person interviewing has no training in how to interview - which is something I think should be addressed
The other reason for application forms over CV's, is the likelyhood that the applicant themselves has written it is much higher.
There are plenty of CV writing services or pre-made CV's out there, so can you be sure that the really good looking CV in front of you was written by the person, or is that person actually a hairy troll that literally lives under a bridge and just has a high-class CV they send out occasionally so they can collect benefits.
Something else I've always made a point of doing, is putting SOMETHING about what I do outside of work, and where possible point out the relevance of it. If you don't do anything outside of work except eat, sleep, watch TV and occasionally PUB, then it might be worth looking for something to do, even if it's just model making.
Most places want individuals with a personality, and not just a mindless automaton. Hell being a 'pro gamer' is still better than doing nothing, as at least you're interacting with other people!
And lastly, never be afraid of actually applying.
I came across a job advert a few days ago for £100k for a high-end global IT manager, and I met 9/10 of their requirements (they were pretty horribly vague I'll admit). I dont ever expect to hear back from them, but you never know!
All i can say is that your cv must give accurate detail to your employeer and only tell the degree that you actually have.
And I got the job... So I wouldn't always trust what a personal specification asks for.