Before you start writing, research the company and think…
What skills are they seeking?
What skills you have which are relevant to the job?
What attracts you to the role?
Use the personal specifications and job description as a checklist.
These are what managers and the HR team will measure you against to see if you are a good fit for the role.
Never assume anything
Check your spelling and grammar
Use short sentences and paragraphs, which are easy to follow.
Use one idea or paragraph and state the key information in the first sentence.
Do not repeat yourself.
Re-read over the job advert to ensure the information you include on the form is relevant. Waffling puts the employer off, but at the same time make sure you are telling them everything they need to hear about how you are perfect for the role.
Ask a critical friend to read through it
Check out this example application form on ecoach