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Applying for jobs can be a draining task, and dedicated job seekers put a lot of energy into ensuring their CVs are up to date, and cover letters are relevant for the job they are applying for.
Employers often look for extra information by attaching an application form – but is your form working for or against you? A few things that should be considered when attaching an application form to your vacancy:
Is there wording such as “Print out and fill in” on the top of your form? If so, consider if this is necessary, and how challenging this is for your job seeker - as their only printer may be one at their current workplace
Does your form ask for a signature? Is this practical for the jobseeker? You could consider saying "type your name here".
Consider online forms as part of your apply process. Ideally these would be web-based, so the job seeker doesn’t have download and save documents. Check with your ATS provider to see if they can supply this, or alternatively you could use an editable PDF. If you are using a word document, review your questions and make sure that no printing is required by the applicant.
Are you asking for information typically found in a CV, such as recent work history or education? A common applicant gripe is “… but I already put the information in my CV, they can see it there!” Job seekers can feel like they have to repeat the same information. Consider whether this is necessary, or whether you should state “Please provide information, if not detailed in your CV…”
Asking for passport details or licence numbers can make job seekers uneasy, as they feel this is personal information that should not be provided at a general application stage. Consider whether this type of more sensitive information could be requested from your shortlisted candidates or at an interview stage.
The application process and experience for your job seeker is an extension of the brand experience, and may be one of the first experiences your new hire has with your Organisation. Consider the experience from a job seeker perspective, and try to make it as smooth and hassle free as possible.
We've had some valuable feedback from job seekers as they've applied for vacancies, so if you would like any suggestions, just give us a call.