What I've learned about making applications

What I've learned about making applications
2020-12-07

We’ve been in touch with some of our Careers Service Ambassadors to ask them what they’ve learned from attending the online sessions we ran throughout October as part of our Aberdeen Employability Boost Award. We hope that their insight will encourage you to check out some of our exclusive resources and get involved in the Boost Award when it returns in February 2021! 

Monika reflected on the session she attended, and says: 

‘I attended the Successful Applications event, which provided an amazing opportunity to gain insight into the application process and how to answer questions efficiently and effectively. I was impressed by the useful advice given on how to structure my application so that it stands out to the employer and gets me to the next step of the application process. Moreover, the session was especially beneficial to me as it included advice on how to research the organization and the role before applying. I was able to understand how to form my answers in order to highlight my skills and knowledge in an engaging manner by using the STARR method in its most efficient form. I also learned how to identify the core competences I need to include in my application. 

Overall, the Successful Applications event was an insightful opportunity to acquire further knowledge about writing applications, and it helped me gain core skills, which will take me to great places in the future’. 

Want to know more about how you can maximise your chances of success when applying for a job? Check out our Mini Career Courses on successful applications and successful interviews.  

Are you familiar with the STARR method that Monika mentioned? Employers often assess evidence of applicants demonstrating their required competencies (or skills) in their selection process. You can use the STARR structure to ensure you articulate your competencies in enough depth for employers to assess you. Find out more here

STARR structure

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