When applying for a job as a Live-in Carer, most recruiters will ask you to complete an application form.
In this article I will discuss some of the things you can do to impress a Live-in Care company using your application form so you can find Live-in Care work fast!
As a Recruitment Administrator for a busy Live-in Care Recruitment Agency, I see a lot of application forms day-in, day-out, so am quick to spot a good one!
One of the most basic things which makes an application form stand out (and probably something which is often less thought of) is actually being able to read it. If a form is handwritten poorly, this makes the application harder to review and slows down your opportunities for starting work quickly. Valuable time is wasted either de-coding terrible handwriting or asking the candidates to re-write sections. If you have the ability to type your application, then this is the perfect way to make sure it is easily readable. However, if you are not able to do this, it’s not an issue- just plan out what you would like to write in advance to avoid crossing out mistakes, and make sure your handwriting is clear and large enough to read.
My second tip would be to make sure you are always answering what is being asked of you. Of course, some of the application will be asking you to provide straightforward information such as your name and date of birth. Other parts however, will ask you for more detailed information such as telling the recruiter all about yourself- this is your opportunity to really sell yourself! Tell us why you are the perfect candidate for the job, what you enjoy about your work, what you enjoy doing outside of work- anything that makes you, you! It really stands out when you have two candidate’s application forms in front of you, one has written a few paragraphs about themselves, and the other has written a few lines. Please also note, if something has been requested on an application form, there is a reason it has been requested. Therefore, if you are asked to provide your full work history and you only put your two most recent jobs, you will be contacted to gain the remaining history (there are no shortcuts around this!).
That brings us to my third and final tip - leave no gaps! Again, everything that is asked of you is asked for a reason. If you leave a section blank, you will only be contacted further down the line to fill in the missing sections. Therefore, if you miss a section out you are only slowing down the process for yourself. Put the effort into your application from the start and you will see that you are able to register with agencies much faster! Of course, if you do not understand what is being asked of you, never be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for advice. Any friendly recruitment agency will be happy to help.
So to summarise, here are my 3 top tips for filling in an application form:
Answer what is being asked of you
Leave no gaps
I hope you find this information useful and wish you luck with your future applications to work as a live-in carer in the UK!