Job application forms

This section focuses on job application forms. You can also use some of the information here to fill application forms for courses or training.

A job application form is your chance to show an employer that you have the qualifications, skills, and experience to do the job. The employer will use the information you give to decide whether to interview you for the job. So what you say on the form is important – and it needs to look good too.

Paper, electronic, or online?

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If you do not have a computer, you may be able to use one at a local community centre or library. To find out where your nearest library is, enter your postcode to search for local library services on gov.uk.

Some employers have paper application forms. They will send the form to you, or they will email it for you to print out. They may also send or email more information about the job. You need to fill in the form by hand. Then you post it back or take it to the employer in person.

Some application forms are electronic: they come as a word-processed file. You complete the form on your computer and email it back to the employer.

There are also online forms. These are usually on the employer’s website. You fill in the form on the internet. When you are finished, you submit (send) the form directly through the website.

Last updated 13 November, 2014