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Advice for Graduates - Job Applications

Posted: 10th February 2016 | Category: Graduate section


What are your skills?

Know what you have to offer so that you are prepared when potential employers ask you the question. Make a list of your achievements and past experience as this is all valuable and may be the difference between getting the job and being unsuccessful.

Research potential employers

Make a list of employers you are interested in and compare them. Ask yourself - Why am I interested in working for this company? What can I offer the company? Make sure you research them in enough depth so that you are prepared for questions at interview stage. For example, the products that are being sold, what area do they cover and a little about their history.

Know what your employers are looking for

Check that you have got the correct qualifications and experience for the job. You do not want to waste the employers' time if you are applying for a Sales Manager role, for example, and you have no sales or managerial experience. There is no harm in being ambitious but think realistically about the jobs you are applying for.

Application requirements

Have the employers asked for any specific documents? Examples could be: covering letter, certificates to prove qualifications, proof of identity and proof that you are legible to work in the specific country.

Application Process

Writing your application

Give yourself time to write your application. Don't leave it to the last minute and make sure you are applying for a job that you are interested in and one which you also have the right skills set for.

Tailor you application

Match your skills and competences to each job. If you are using the same covering letter for more than one application, make sure you have read it before sending and that it is relevant to the job which you are applying for.


Be prepared for any questions you may get about your initial application. If you are caught off guard and you sound uninterested this will show. Remember to highlight your abilities and what you have to offer.

Double check your application

Before sending off your application make sure you have read through it and checked for spelling and grammar. Maybe get a family member or a friend to read through as a fresh pair of eyes may bring up some new ideas.

Please feel free to give one of our consultants a ring about career advice on 01885 483440

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