Application Forms

You will find that the majority of NHS and private healthcare jobs use an application form as part of their recruitment process. 

Most employers ask you to apply online, and you may have to cut and paste the relevant sections of your CV into the form. However, whether you apply on paper or electronically, having a CV and sample covering letter prepared in advance will save you time and ensure that you are not having to repeatedly type the same information.

When completing your application form:

  • Give yourself plenty of time and read the form thoroughly. It can be time-consuming, but if you rush you will end up making mistakes.
  • Ensure you use black ink and write clearly or, if you are completing a digital form or word processing, make sure you use a readable font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Check your spelling and grammar and then check again.
  • Make sure that you have attached all other requested information, such as your CV, DBS certification, or qualification certificates.

You may find it useful to ask a trusted friend, family member or colleague to read through your completed application to check for sense and accuracy.