Online application forms: Dos and Don’ts

  • DO read and follow instructions carefully before submitting your form.
  • DO save your work as you go along – it can be helpful to come back later and look at it again with fresh eyes’.
  • DO print out the completed copy, proofread it and get a friend or relative to check it.
  • DO keep the printed copy to look at if you get an interview or to copy material from in the future.
  • DON’T be tempted to complete the online form without first writing a draft.
  • DON’T be too informal or treat it as you would e-mail.
  • DON’T exceed any word counts specified within the form.
  • DON’T use silly e-mail addresses to send it from (and use a sensible password in case you need to contact the employer to remind you of it!).

Further information


  • R. Fein, 100 Great Jobs and How to Get Them, Impact Publications (1999)
  • R. Fein, 95 Mistakes Job Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them, Impact Publications (2003)
  • M. Messmer, Job Hunting for Dummies, IDG Books (1999)
  • M. Parkinson, Your Job Search Made Easy, Kogan Page Ltd (2002)
  • J. Seely and J. Leigh, CVs and Job Applications, Oxford University Press (2004)

Dealing with application forms

The form itself

Online application forms: Dos and Don’ts