Apprenticeship Application TipsPosted: 13th of January 2015 by
Applying for an Apprenticeship is a bit like applying for a job – there is no guarantee that you will be accepted. Many apprenticeships are in demand, so it is worth taking some time with your application to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, with our handy Apprenticeship Application Tips, we can help you do just that!
1. Be Realistic
When looking for roles to apply for you need to be realistic in your expectations. If you lack the necessary skills that they are asking for, you will probably find yourself being over-looked for someone who has them. For example, don’t start just applying for Higher Apprenticeships unless you have the required qualifications already from earlier courses. Don’t waste your time by applying for something that you stand no chance of landing.
2. Find out about the Employer
Before you settle down to your application, have a think about the company you are applying to work for. Some research into them and the training provider can give you some insight that will help your application. Also, pay attention to the job description when applying. You will want to tailor you application to suit your employer or the apprenticeship itself, so finding out as much as you can before you get started will certainly help.
3. Sell Yourself
When you find the right role it is up to you to sell yourself for the apprenticeship. This can seem odd at first, but try to think of why you are especially suited to the role, and what you think you can bring to the employer. Stay professional but let some of your personality shine where you can. Also, make sure the information is presented cleanly and clearly – for example, use bullet points where you can.
4. Contact Details
Make sure you include your contact details – your employer will want to know how to reach you. Include your telephone number and an email address on your application so that they can get in contact with you. They probably don’t need your Instagram details, however, so leave the social media contacts off your application (unless they specifically ask for them, of course!). Make sure your email address is not a novelty one with an ‘amusing’ name – keep it plain and formal – and also check your voicemail message is OK for your potential employer to hear!
5. Check Your Application
Make sure you haven’t made any spelling, typing or grammatical mistakes on your application. These will definitely see you marked down as a potential apprentice. After all, if you couldn’t be bothered to check your spelling, what chance is there that you will pay attention to the training?
6. Check Your Social Networks
Just because you haven’t given your employer your Facebook details (see above), it doesn’t mean that they won’t check them. Make sure you haven’t got anything on there that you don’t want your employer to see – whether that is potentially embarrassing pictures or comments. Research shows that people aged 16-24 are losing out on job offers after companies who access their social media profiles. Make sure to keep your profile secure, where you can, and edit everything else to ensure anything left is suitable for your prospective employer to see.
7. Follow Up
Follow up your application with a telephone call to ask if it has been received. This clever tip will put your name into the mind of the people looking over the candidates – and may just make them pause a little longer when looking over your application!
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