Following Rachael's post yesterday about putting together a CV, I want to give some pointers on completing application forms. More and more jobs require completion of an application form rather than a CV. The same rules apply to application forms for funding, awards and scholarships.
1. Make an effort. If you expect somebody to take the time to read your application, be sure that you put some time and effort into completing it. Don't just answer a questions with yes or no. If you don't have a certain experience or quality then please explain.
2. Write in plain English, and not in txt speak. Application forms are official documents, and shouldn't be written like you are writing to a friend.
3. Don't presume that the person reading the application already knows everything about you. Even if you do know the person, then you still need to complete the form as if they had never meet you.
4. Complete the form properly. If you are applying for a job by application, your CV will probably not be read, even if you are given the opportunity to attach a CV. NEVER put see CV on an application form, and always ensure that the application form covers all the important aspects about you.
5. Be specific and concise. If you are completing a scholarship application form state exactly what you have achieved. Only include relevant results (not a life history of every competition that you have ever participated in). Don't presume that the person reading your application is an expert in our sport, so include levels, divisions, leagues etc, where appropriate.
6. Don't beg. This is true for both job and scholarship applications. Don't guilt trip the person by saying that if they don't give you money/a job, you won't be able to do your sport or live any more. Millions of people participate in sport for the pure pleasure of it, and never expect anybody to pay for their hobby. Show what you can offer back, and how you can utilise the funding to best effect. Don't come across as hard done by.
8. Give the person reading the document a reason to offer you an interview/funding/scholarship. If you leave blanks or omit information, they may have nothing to go on.
7. Proof read the final document before submitting.
It is important to remember that the people that are reviewing your application are putting time, effort and money into reviewing your application. Please, please, please make an effort if you are serious about your application.