Things to consider when applying
The Vacancy – Look at what you’re applying for. Is this what you want to do? Would you be happy in the job role AND in the company?
If it’s an amazing job role, but not in your desired company, or if it’s in your desired company but it’s not the desired role, it’ll only be a matter of time before you will feel like leaving. Try to find out as much as you can about the vacancy to ensure your happiness.
After you’ve checked out the vacancy description, the key responsibilities, the hours you will be working, the wage you will be getting, the company you will be working for and the skills required from you, make sure you’re happy with it all and apply. We have to make sure that you are registered with the National Apprenticeship Service – all applications come to us from there.
With the NAS system, there’s no way of submitting a CV, so instead you complete an application form.
This is where you sell yourself.
If the question is “Tell us about something that you’ve achieved in the past 6 months that you are proud of”, explain what have you been doing within those 6 months that show your motivation for the job role.. For example, if it’s a Graphic Design position, have you been working on any designs in your own time for other people or just for yourself as a way of practicing?
Another question that might come up is “Tell us about why you think you would fit this role”. Think about the job description, person specification and skills required and match it to yourself. If the employer wants a marketing apprentice, tell them why they should choose you for it, e.g. “I think I would fit this role because I have done a lot of marketing for an organisation that I volunteer for, including design pieces and social media.”
A lot of people will only have the two weeks that they got from school – that’s fine. Talk about what you had to do during then.
If you feel like you have no work experience, think about things that you may have done in school or college such as, “helped set up for the Art & Design exhibition where I arranged the display and the layout of the room, then I greeted people when they arrived and made relevant conversations throughout”.
Another thing is volunteering. If you have ever taken part in any volunteer work, talk about it. It could be taking part in cleaning the local river, or it could be something like organising a fundraising event. It speaks volumes about you.
What skills would you like to improve? There has to be something. Maybe it’s your telephone skills, your confidence when meeting new people or your knowledge of certain software. This shows that you are motivated and driven, trying to be the best you can.
Your hobbies & Interests. Think of things like, are you interested in different cultures? Do you like to travel? Do you volunteer? Remember to tell them about your achievements too.
Let the employer get to know you. You might even have something in common.