General Advice for Job Applicants
As we go through the applications for the job at my school (closes on Friday), I'd like to offer some advice to applicants for any job.
It doesn't matter what job you are applying for, you are trying to make sure that your application stands out from the crowd, so that you get selected for interview. It is unlikely that there will only be 2 or 3 applicants for any job, so:
1. READ the application details thoroughly. If it says to use an application form, don't send your cv instead.
Our secretary has been very patient responding to people asking them to fill in form a so that their application can be considered. Many companies will not be as patient and your application will be disregarded.
2. Questions on application forms are not optional.
Don't just fill in the bits that suit you. If the form is incomplete, it will be disregarded.
3. READ the job specification.
Minimum two years relevant experience means don't apply if you're fresh out of college, or still in college with 3 years experience of catering.
4. Use keywords from the job specification in your application
If certain software or hardware experience is a requirement, make sure the employer can see that you have it. If an employer can't easily see that you have any of the experience they are asking for, you will not be selected for interview. Fitting in with "the school's family ethos" is important, but not as important as mastery of GPO and AD
5. Use a spell checker.
Our application form is in Word, there's no excuse. There's no excuse not to type up your answers in Word to spell check them, even if you're filling out a form by hand