Hints and tips if you’re applying to work with us
Want to make that job application a killer one? Then follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way…
1. Take time to read the job description, person specification and any guidance notes or background materials. Do that before you complete the application form. Sounds sensible, but many people jump straight to filling in the form without really knowing what they’re trying to achieve.
2. When filling in the form use black ink and write clearly. If your handwriting isn’t great, then complete the form electronically (go to a library or UCAN centre if you don’t have a personal computer at home). Filling in an electronic version can also be a great way of demonstrating your personal computer skills and you can then easily send it in via email.
3. Always spell check your application. If it’s handwritten get someone you trust to help (make sure he or she can spell!), if it’s electronic use the spell and grammar checker.
4. Provide real-life examples of what you’ve achieved. The recruiting manager doesn’t want a description of your current job role. What he or she wants to see is how you’ve used your skills to benefit your customers or your organisation. Try using the “so what?” test to turn facts into benefits. For example: “I was responsible for managing the team stationery budget”. So what? “By keeping a spreadsheet record I was able to show that we regularly bought more than needed because different people bought the stationery. I suggested one person took central responsibility. This saved time and over £120 in the first 3 months.”
5. Make sure the examples you provide are relevant to the job you’re applying for. The fact that you’re a skilled piano player may not be of interest to someone recruiting for a data analyst. However, piano playing probably also demands an ability to concentrate, dedication to improving your performance and willingness to work on your initiative. These are all skills applicable to this job role.
6. Follow any instructions given. Keep your application concise. Submit it on time and to the proper person. Simply following these three rules will put you ahead of many other applicants.
Got to the interview stage? Here’s what to think about now…
1. Accept the interview invitation! It shows you’re interested and in most cases is required.
2. Prepare for your interview. Few people can go in “cold” and do well, regardless of how experienced or knowledgeable they are. Think about what the recruiter might ask and prepare some things to say in reply. Remember to keep it concise and relevant.
3. Do some homework on Bolton at Home. No-one is expecting you to know everything, but if you’re asked “what do you know about us?” have a couple of lines prepared.
4. Relax. Remember it is your opportunity to size up our organisation as well as the recruiter’s chance to find out about you. Have a couple of questions to ask if prompted, it shows you’re interested.
5. Bring any necessary paperwork with you. For example, ID card, passport, proof of qualifications, driving licence. Exact details will be specified in your interview invitation.
6. Turn up on time and dress appropriately! If you’re unsure of where you’re going, do a trial run the day before – it’ll take the stress out of the interview day. Not sure what the dress code is? Always play safe and go smart rather than casual.
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