Like any job, you will probably be required to complete an application form when applying for an apprenticeship. For some people this can be a tricky exercise, trying to sell yourself in words can be difficult. The aim of your application is to stand out from the crowd and to impresses your potential new employer so much that they invite you for an interview.
TRN have put together a few tips that might come in handy when it comes to filling out your application form.
Neat and tidy
As you can imagine, an employer could have a big pile of applications to go through. When they pick up your CV and application form for the first time it needs to be neat and tidy, otherwise there is a fair chance they will put it straight back down without even reading it. Try and use the same font throughout to keep it looking consistent and make sure your CV flows nicely from one section to another, this will help the person reading it navigate through it easily.
It’s your time to shine
Your application is all about selling yourself, be proud of your achievements, not only your exam results and other school/college activities. Add anything you might have achieved, for example, you captain your football team or have passed a dance exam. It all gives the indications that you are someone who is reliable, dedicated and motivated, from an employer’s point of view this is a great sign.
Your strengths are key
Try and think of things that your good at, that are relevant to the Apprenticeship you’re applying for. Although you may not have any work experience, you might have transferable skills that you can show examples of in your application. For example, if you were good at planning your work at school/college then you will be able to use those same planning skills in a working environment. If you make it to the interview stage you may need to give evidence of your listed skills so don’t get carried away and add skills that may not be entirely factual as you may get caught out when asked to give real life examples.
Any Experience is good experience
Any work experience either paid or unpaid is a really positive thing to add to your application. It shows that even though you’re young you have made the effort to either volunteer somewhere to gain experience or have been motivated to get a part time job while you were in school/college. It also shows the employer you know how to conduct yourself in a working environment.
Every application is different
You need to tailor your application to the specific role you’re applying for. Double check the skills you need for the role and adapt your application accordingly. If you copy and paste the same things on every application, you may end up putting things that aren’t relevant to the job role. If that happens it won’t make any sense to the person reading your application and the chances of getting selected for the interview stage will be slim.
The proof is in the reading
Once you have completed your application, it’s a great idea to have a fresh pair of eyes to proofread it for spelling and grammar errors, they might also spot something you have missed.
Check the closing date for when the application needs to be submitted as you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste if you miss the deadline. Keep a copy of your application as you may be able cherry pick parts of it when applying for future jobs.
Before you send your application check one last time for any errors or omissions.