Job Application Form Required?

Job Application Form Required! Why not just send in your CV?

Wondering if you should send in just a CV and not bother with an application form? Does it really matter? If they think you’re an exciting prospect, they’ll interview you anyway, right?

NO, they won’t! Never send in just a CV when a completed application form has been asked for. Obvious right? Well, unfortunately, it’s incredible just how many people do precisely that.


Whether it’s because of
  • a lack of time,
  • they think the CV is so good it will overcome not completing a form,
  • the applicant doesn’t read the vacancy instructions,


at least 20% of applications are null and void because the applicant (for one reason or another) send in just a CV.


Below is outlined why they are important and why companies and other organisations use them. Understanding why this is will allow you to fully appreciate what the organisation is looking for and which will hopefully enable you to have an effective job finding experience. Career Fancy can help you with this too. See here.

It would also be really beneficial to read this in conjunction with my other article “10 top Application Form Fails” and how to avoid them!


Why do some organisations require application forms and others don’t?

An application form is generally requested by an organisation that wants the applicant to show that they meet precise criteria for a vacancy. So, for example, in the advert for the role, they’ll often describe either through a job description or a person specification precisely what they are looking for regarding that particular role.


The application form allows the applicant to show as much as possible exactly how they meet that criteria for that particular role. You could argue that this is what a CV does, and in some ways, you’d be right. But here’s a couple of points to bear in mind.


First, sometimes, when an organisation requests just a CV, it could be because the role is quite generic or broad in nature. Therefore, a specific detailed approach isn’t required, i.e. particular specialist skills aren’t needed. Secondly, it could be the company is using a two-tiered method. Therefore, the completion of an application will still be required after the initial shifting through of potential applicants has been done via CV.


 What do CVs and Application Forms have in Common and what sets them apart?

Application forms and CVs do share a lot of information. For example, they both ask for personal details such as name, address and contact details. Depending on the style of a CV a person likes, they may also share education details, including grades, and previous experience etc.


But it’s the level of detail application forms require that really sets them apart from the humble CV.

For one thing, many application forms come as part of a pack which could include the following


The Application Pack



  1. How the application process works and what is required to be completed by the applicant. For example, is a covering letter or CV required?
  2. A detailed Job Description. What does the job actually entail? What will you do on a day to day basis?
  3. a Person Specification. These are the specific attributes required from the applicant to do the role. You need to be careful here as it may not be called a Person Spec but could be labelled as something else.
  4. The final date for submitting the application form and time and date of interview etc
  5. General details about the organisation e.g. a brief summary of what they do how many office/factories they have etc.


There will also often be a specific space on the form inviting you to write about how you feel you meet the exact requirements of the Person Specification mentioned above. This is the place where you really need to get it right if you’re to make it to the next stage. Do you think you’ll need help with this? Then see what we can offer at Career Fancy to help you with this.


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