The rules of digital job applications

Type, click, and succeed in 10 easy steps:

  1. Keep it formal - Online applications can feel impersonal, but this doesn’t mean you can cut corners. Make sure you write in proper sentences.
  2. Handle with care - If you can, print off the application first and fill it in on paper as a draft, or copy and paste the questions and type up your answers. You can then copy and paste them in. Don’t forget to check for word limits. Use the spellcheck, but don’t use this as a substitute for reading it thoroughly - typing “form” instead of “from” is very easily done.
  3. Crack their code - Check the job description for keywords - such as “organised”, “liaised”, “creative”, “innovative” - and make sure you use them (appropriately) in your application.
  4. Always keep a copy - Before you press send, hit print and make a file copy for each application you do. When it comes to the interview stage you’ll be glad you did.
  5. Check the deadline - There is nothing worse than spending lots of time on a position that closed last week. You can’t rely on the website to have closed the entry portal on the right day.
  6. Quality not quantity - Don’t bang out 10 online applications in an afternoon - you’re better off spending quality time on a handful of applications and doing them really well in the same amount of time.
  7. Highlight your IT skills - Make sure you highlight your abilities in this area.
  8. Don’t forget to mention extra-curricular activities - These can be a real selling point for you. Make sure you look at the school’s website first to see how your interests fit with the schools, and prioritise them accordingly.
  9. Make the most of your personal statement - And make sure it is personal to each position before you copy and paste it in.
  10. Personal information - Don’tadd in personal details such as date of birth or marital status into your CV if it is to be emailed, as email is not secure.