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Applying for a job

Applying for a job

Here are a few hints that might help you to reply to an advertisement for a job.

Telephone to find out more information

It's a good idea to phone the person mentioned in the ad to find out more about the company. Let the person know you are interested in the job and you are willing to have an interview at any time. Ask questions about the job, what it involves, what sort of skills are needed and how long before you hear whether you will get an interview.

When you do phone, make sure you have a pen and paper to write on and any relevant paperwork you might need.

Always speak clearly. If you can't hear what they are saying, ask them to repeat it again. Otherwise you might miss something important such as the interview time or something about the job.

Answering the advertisement

The ad may ask you to write an application. When you do, make sure you give them all the information they need and send in photocopies of any letters or certificates you may have. Don't send in the original ones as they may be lost.

Make sure you:

  • get someone to help you if you need help
  • write neatly and clearly, but it's better to get it typed if you can
  • check your spelling
  • put in photocopies
  • address the letter clearly
  • provide up to date contacts details.

Many letters are lost because of an incorrect or unclear address.


Here are some ideas that may help you to get ready for a job interview. So you can get the job you want, you will need to make the best of yourself:

  • Phone someone who works in the firm. Ask to speak to whoever does the hiring for the firm.
  • Find out what the job is about. Get as much information as you can about the company and the job you are going for.
  • Get all your certificates and references together in a folder ready to take with you.

Wear your good clothes to the interview. It will make a good impression if you are dressed nicely.