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Application Skills

Introduction
This article provides some links to information about developing Application Skills.

Let’s assume that you know what you are interested in doing and have decided on what you want to apply for.

If you haven’t, then there are plenty of links on the Careers Pages of the Wolgarston High School Website

The main things that you need to know about are:

Applying for a job: This is part of the recruitment process where an employer finds people who wish to be considered for the job. You can do this in different ways and it will vary from employer to employer. For example, you could:

Here are some links to online sources that can help you with this:

Youth Box http://www.youthbox.info/HelpAdvice/JobsandCareers/JobHunting/ApplyingforJobs.aspx

National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/getajob/Pages/default.aspx

The Selection Process: This is where the employer chooses the person or people that they want to employ from amongst those who have applied.

If the employer decides to find out more about you, they will most likely invite you to an interview. If this happens, that is a sign that your application form, letter or CV has done its job. Some larger companies or specialist employers might want you to take a selection test or take part in a group activity with other candidates they are considering. So, the selection stage could include:

Here are some links to online sources that can help you with this:

Youth Box http://www.youthbox.info/HelpAdvice/JobsandCareers/JobHunting/InterviewSkills.aspx

National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/getajob/Pages/default.aspx

Rights at Work

It is also important to be aware of your rights at work or training. For example:

Here are some links to online sources that can help you with this

Youth Box http://www.youthbox.info/HelpAdvice/JobsandCareers/YourRightsatWorkorTraining.aspx

Work Smart, set up by the TUC: http://www.worksmart.org.uk/rights/

The Citizens Advice Bureau can help with your rights in many aspects of your daily life – including work, housing, money and consumer rights. Visit their website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) offers free, confidential and impartial advice on employment rights issues. Visit their website at www.acas.org.uk or call the ACAS help line on 08457 474 747 from 0800hrs to 1800hrs Monday to Friday.