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Different Types Of Job Applications

15th November 2018

Different Types Of Job Applications

Job applications can take different forms.

Sometimes it’s filling out an application form, sometimes you must send a CV or in some cases you could be required to complete a test to measure your suitability. In this week’s blog, we outline these three main types of job applications.

CV and Covering Letter

This is the most common form of application, particularly if you are applying through a recruitment agency.

This is favoured by employers for many reasons. Most employers will receive numerous applications to any one job. Receiving CV’s is a succinct and easy way to sort through those who have applied. CV’s allow them to have the applicants’ skills, experience and qualifications in on place, allowing them to easily scan – most potential employers spend 5-7 seconds reading a CV – to ensure these meet with the job requirements.

If the CV matches up to the job needs. A Covering Letter then allows the employer to learn more about the candidate; their motivations for applying, more detail on the experience and what they believe they can bring to the role.

CV’s and Covering Letters are favoured by many employers as they are effective. They are an effective selection process that provide results.

They are also easier for the applicant. Without having to fill out forms and tests, candidates are able to apply for roles in a more efficient manner.  You can find our tips on writing an effective CV here and writing a strong Covering Letter here.

Application Forms

The second most popular version of applications is to complete a form. In previous times, these usually came in paper form. However, the vast majority of these are now online forms to be filled out.

These work well for employers for many reasons. They allow them to compare applications on a question by question basis. This makes them easier to judge applicants against each other. It also allows them to ask questions relevant to the job and its requirements. This means the applications are more focused.

For the candidate, application forms can be timely and less convenient. This could, of course, put some candidates off. In order to not lose a potentially perfect candidate, it’s important that the form is easy and streamlined.

Skill Assessment

Another form of job application is a skill assessment. These can come in various forms but their role is always the same. They aim to test the candidate’s skills and knowledge against those required to effectively fulfil the job.

This form of application is more commonly used for jobs that require more intricate and specific skill sets.


To summarise, you are most likely to come across jobs that require a CV and Covering Letter is a form of application. These are the most convenient for both applicant and employer. Some businesses prefer to use applications forms as a method of application, though this can put off some candidates. In more specific, technical roles, skills assessments can be used regularly. However, these are not commonplace.





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