Job application skills

Job application Skills


In this post you will learn about:

  • Information needed for job applications
  • Collecting your information

In order to be able to make a job application you need to be able to supply the employer with the information and skills that they require. You might have gathered some of this information already and you should use this to help you complete this part of the post.

Personal Details

Employers will need to know a little more about you when you apply and this will include giving out some personal details; which law is in place to protect your identity when uploading your CV to one of the many Job sites? I’ll give you a small clue, It protects you and your personal information




Discuss this act, google it, the ‘Data protection act’ with your colleagues or research it for yourself. Then in your own words explain a little more on how this law protects you,  what to expect a company to do with your details, and what you can do to protect yourself with confidence in the box below. Why?, there are hundreds of job sites and many opportunities to actually forget where you have put your details, Keep a record and always take a copy of your covering letter.

It may be some time before you get to hear of an interview and in that period you may have updated your CV at least twice, so keeping track of who’s got your details and keeping your CV up to date is a skill much like basic administration, however it does get easier as you go. Put your details and who’s got them in the next box



























Employers need to know who you are and how you can be contacted when you apply for a job, the following list is made up of the most common personal details that are needed.

  • Title (Mr/Mrs/Ms/Miss)
  • First name
  • Last name or Surname
  • Address including the post code. ( A must do)
  • Telephone numbers (including area code), wherever possible try to give a landline number as your primary contact number.

Try to explain why here?




  • Email address
  • National insurance number
  • Driving licences held (If you have licences for other vehicles such as fork lift trucks etc. mention that here as well) and always list any points you may have with a brief explanation as to how you gained them

Make a list of your personal information here as listed above in the space below, or copy it to A4 and use it for your folder


















What other information might you need for an application?

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We shall now look at these in more detail and list them here for you to refer back to in the future

 Firstly list the Skills you have from 1 in the boxes below, and add the hidden skills you’d forgotten to it. Hidden skills:- Sit down with a partner if you have one and list every job or course you have done, think about all the skills you have gained from each, such as sorting stock, filing, inductions, or if you haven’t had a job yet think about your hobbies, fishing for instance, You can tell the difference with freshwater and sea angling, ok this is just an example, yet it might help you to think. Just because you don’t have a certificate or qualification, does not mean you have no skills, far from it, try it below make a list of everything you can do, no matter how small or big it might be.










































Education and training

You will be required to give information about these on a regular basis so because of this we are going to list them here to use in the future. 

Think about School, college, university or training establishments. Qualifications, NVQ’s, BTEC, Degrees, any certificates you may have. (Swimming, cycling proficiency, driving licence theory test results etc.). Try to give accurate dates, if you don’t know or can’t remember, don’t just put Aug 2010, find out the correct date!! I as an employer would reject a CV straight away with guess-timated dates; it shows me many things about you, none of them positive.


Subject and location


Date from

Date to

Achieved on






















































Work experience and current employment

Employers will also want to know about your current situation and your last employer’s name, address, job titles and responsibilities you might have had. The correct dates you were employed, and the date you left. You may be asked to give reasons for leaving and I would be open and honest at all times.

Create your detailed list of work experience

**Top tip**

Avoid leaving gaps in your history of work experience, if you have gaps in your career, you should give a brief explanation, even if you were simply unemployed. Unexplained gaps may suggest to an employer that something was wrong and your application could be rejected

Employers name and address

Job title

Roles and responsibilities



Reason for leaving

May we contact this employer














































Keep all this information in a clear folder, a few pence from a local stationary store, however it will become a very valuable tool for you to use to aid you in your quest for success and getting the job or career that you want.

Evidence Folder

As you add to your CV, add to this new folder / file or create one on your calendar on your phone, as long as you can gain access to it as soon as you need it. Make a note of every phone call you make from the end of this post and explain a little about the call to refresh your memory in the future, every training resource you explore and use, every course you enquire about and enrol or complete, soon you will have a very comprehensive evidence folder which you can use as evidence of experience. For example,

An employer asks you in interview

“How have you filled your time whilst being available for work?”

In a whisper you can give your folder over and talk the employer through your actual actions leading up to the interview,  the documents you used, the research you have done about the role, how you can be an asset to their company, by matching your skills to their advert and evidencing it there and then. Very impressive, and easy, practise going through your folder, ask someone else to be the employer, make sure you know the order of your evidence etc. get to know your folder. Practice makes perfect as they say

Tomorrow we’ll look at Job search skills and then Interview skills.

Have a lovely day, and if there is a question you would like to ask, either leave a comment, e-mail or Tweet me, whichever is easier for you

Kindest regards

Apprenticeships life

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