Application deadline closing in - no stress

Application deadlines coming up and you still haven’t got round to applying, have no fear. It is still doable, and here’s how to turn those rushed applications into impressive graduate applications. Obviously the more time you have for an application the better, but sometimes that is just not an option. If this does happen, then don’t stress. These time-saving tips will let you make sure you hit the deadline. However, this is only used for ‘save my ass’ moments and not your everyday application experience.

Unfortunately, no matter how strapped for time you are, you will still have to complete these to be in with a chance of proceeding:

  • Complete all aspects of the application- including any psychometric tests

  • Follow all instructions- especially for word counts and formats. Think profession, and title our application accordingly.

  • Tailor your application to both the job role and the employer.

  • Proofread it- don’t make stupid mistakes now.

  • Remember to save a copy for you to be able to refer to it and to potentially reuse letter for other applications.


The Blue Peter approach

“Here’s one I made earlier.”- sounds crazy but is actually a super easy way to submit a good job application quickly. So long as it is not a direct copy but rather just use work you’ve already done to create, essentially, a template.

In order to make copies and tweaks you should keep an updated CV and list of your most essential details (educational details, work experience and dates, referees, skills, etc.) on hand. Then all you need to focus on is customising it to the role and employer, rather than starting at scratch and wasting precious time.


Nab and mould good phrases

Most application forms use questions based on similar competencies so using good phrases and examples from your previous applications, UCAS personal statement (if you still have it) or other areas can help quickly answer application forms.

But, like any exam prep, make sure you RTFQ (Read The F**king Question) and ATFQ (Answer The F**king Question) asked.


Job description and guide

Like every application, you should make sure you match it to the job role. Look for the job description or person specifications first, they are the maps to what they are looking for in both minimum requirements and desirables. Throughout your application you should demonstrate, using evidence and key words, that you have all the essentials and as many of the desirables as possible.

Constantly refer to the job description. Keep asking yourself if you are demonstrating that you satisfy the job description, ensuring you focus your application and keep to the point in each sentence.


Selective employer research

Employers expect you to know their company, company sector and what the job involves. Best place to start; the job description. But remember to widen your research to include the rest. Search through the company website to find their main areas of business and their press and company reports. This information can, and should, be appropriately integrated into your application.