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Behind every good employee, there is a strong application.

To you it may just be a piece of paper, but to your employer it is a vital first glimpse into who you are as a person and what you could bring to their business. With this in mind, here are out five top tips for nailing that all important job application.

Research the role and organisation

The first step for any application should be a thorough rummage through any information you can find about the company, the role and who works there. This will not only give you a better idea of what the job entails, but allow you to include more information about the business in your application, showing a clear interest in the role and becoming a member of the team.

Employers give up a part of their busy working day to read through your application, showing that you’ve taken time with your application can go a long way to bagging that precious interview!

Use correct grammar

It sounds simple, but regardless of what role you’re applying for a basic level of grammar is a must. In a world that is dominated by social media and digital devices, it can be to easy to slip into the realm of using ‘text speak’ outside of typical social situations. However, when it comes to job applications correct grammar is an absolute must.

It is not only a reflection of proficiency in written English, it shows a basic level of respect towards your employers and that you’re taking the application seriously.

Address it to the correct person

It can be infuriating when people spell your name wrong, let alone call you by somebody else’s, and for that reason it’s always advisable to make sure you address the correct person when sending your application.

Many application forms are sent automatically through the likes of the company’s website or a jobs board, and do not require the name of a recipient to be entered. In this case, you may only need a name when you wish to follow up or enquire further about a position.

The ideal place to find the name of the person responsible for recruitment or HR is typically the company website, where a full breakdown of the recruitment team may be available.

Use relevant experience on your application

If you’re applying for a position as a rocket scientist, you wouldn’t include the six months you spent pouring pints in your local on your application. Including experience that is relevant is absolutely paramount for any successful application, particularly if it is for a role that is specialised or highly skilled.

Ensuring that your application is filled with experience that is suitable for the position is vital to making yourself stand out, and boosts your profile as a strong candidate when it comes to shortlisting potential interviewees.


It is illegal for employers to give you a negative reference, but they are entitled to refuse you one, without having to provide a reason.

Government legislation has ensured that all employers must provide a refence that is positive, should they choose to write one. With this in mind, it is vitally important to check with your intended referrers that they’re happy to be contacted before using them on your application.

This will not only make the enrolment process a lot quicker should you get the job, but also prevent any embarrassing road blocks from less than helpful previous employers.

If you’re in doubt, just ask! Most employers will be happy to provide a reference if you let them know that you’ll be providing their details with your application.