These pages show you how to complete the section of your job application form which asks you "Why do you want this job."
On the first page of our Job Application Guide we began Step 1 of how to answer this "why do you want this job" question.
Here's the rest of Step 1 if you've read the first bit.
Then there's a real-life job application example which used these techniques and won a job interview!
Important: NOT using examples to back up statements made in employment application forms is a common but crucial mistake.
Without examples, the 'Sell Yourself' section of your job application form is simply a series of statements which anyone can make. If our decision to call for interview is between one job application with numerous statements of worthiness and another with less statements, but proof, we choose the latter.
Let us explain: Anyone can write (when the ad calls for influencing skills):
"I have successfully influenced senior managers in my department".
But it is far better to say:
"I have successfully influenced senior managers in my department. In December, I put together a proposal to change the way in which the incoming calls were handled. This proposal was adopted and resulted in a 20% reduction in call waiting times".
Our sample job application form does this well.
Radical? Yes, but it works. I (Catherine) have used it!
Again it separates mere statements from statements with proof!!
Read this example: "My Manager wrote in my last appraisal 'John is an excellent influencer. On his advice, we changed the way we trained new staff and trainees are now taking calls in week 2 rather than week 3'".
Isn't that good?
It helped Catherine get interviews -- she is certain. We have only seen it on a handful of job application forms but it shines like a diamond!
Click here for Step 2 of our Job Application Guide or here for the job application example we promised.