How to apply jobs?

How to apply job?

Are you ready to get your smart move. You’ve done your research into potential employers. And you’ve identified Adobe as the perfect company to launch or further your career. Great decision. Finding the right position might take some work, but the journey to your dream job starts with a single step.

1) Before you start – some do’s and don’ts

  • DO research the company, the career area and the actual job for which you are applying. Make sure you can offer the qualifications, experience and personal skills that the employer is seeking
  • DO make sure you are using the right form – some employers have differentaforms for different job functions. DON’T use a CV where the employer specifies that you should use their own application form.
  • DO read the form through and follow all instructions.
  • DO keep a copy of your answers in MS Word. When it comes to the interview stage, it is immeasurably useful to remember what you have told the employer!

Preparing your perfect resume

Even in this digital age, a thoughtfully prepared resume is a valuable investment of your time. We encourage you to clearly summarize your education, employment history, and experience in one to two pages. Describe your key strengths and expertise. Highlight your accomplishments and the unique approaches you took that made you succeed. Show us your career progression, and don’t forget your qualifications. Be sure to mention extracurricular or volunteer work. (If you’ve done your research, you know Adobe cares about community involvement.) Where possible, include links to projects that can substantiate your experience.

2) Presentation

  • Try to fill all the space provided for your answers – too much blank space makes an application look half-hearted (see box on right)
  • If you have the opposite problem – not enough space to say all that you need to – use a covering letter to highlight the most important points and to say more about them.

3) The Questions

General points:

Be informative, detailed but concise in your answers: give the employer the

essential detail but leave them wanting to meet you to find out more!

  • Keep in mind the qualities that the employer is looking for, and answer the questions in ways that will show that you have these qualities.
  • Don’t dismiss anything as irrelevant without careful thought. Students often assume that their vacation work as a waiter, shop assistant or fruit-picker can be of no possible interest to a graduate employer. This is not so – employers can learn a great deal about your motivation and skills from jobs such as these – so do include them
  • Don’t make lists: “reading, cinema, sport” under “Interests” will not tell the employer anything useful about you. Give details of the extent of these interests and any clubs, societies or achievements related to them.

Competency-based questions:

These are the hardest part of the form for most applicants:

questions usually begin “Describe a time when you …” or “Give an example of …”and asking for examples of specific skills such as teamwork,

leadership, persuasiveness, etc

  • Describe how your personal planning and organisation resulted in the successful achievement of a personal or group task.
  • Give an example of where others have disagreed with your views. How did you deal with this?Remember that these skills will be the ones that are essential for success with that employer – these questions are the most important on the form. They also now crop up in most graduate interviews and the best way to prepare for these interviews is to complete a few application forms with demanding competency-based (also called situational) questions. These examples could come from vacation or part-time work; university clubs and societies; voluntary work; study at school or university; holidays and travel or personal and family experiences.Planning and organising a week’s independent travel in Scotland is as valid an example as a trek through the Himalayas. Compose a paragraph or so for each situation, outlining what happened, how you approached it and what the outcome was. The focus should be on you– even if the situation involved a group, interviewers will want to know what was your specific role in achieving the desired result.

1.Identify the skills you have gained from:

    1. Work experience
    2. Sports teams
    3. Volunteering
    4. Internships
    5. Summer work
  1. Research the role – find out what skills are required
  2. Make the connection between 1 and 2.

One way of answering these questions is via the STAR approach –Situation, Task, Action and Result. It’s a bit like a mini essay. The Situation and Task are usually combined and form the introduction, The Action you took, should form the main body of your answer, and the Result should be your conclusion -try here to be specific if you can: “We won the cup”; “Membership of the society increased by 40%”; “We raised £400 for charity”. If you failed to achieve your objective say what you learned and what you would do differently next time.

  • Situation.

How, when, where, with whom?

(“Whilst employed at Weaver Bros. last summer)

  • Task.escribe the situation or the task you were faced with.(I was given the task of rationalising the stock control system)
  • Action.What action did you take?(I would look at factors such as when the stock was last ordered, what it was used for and how often it was used. I worked out a method of streamlining the paperwork involved in this process and redesigned the relevant forms, which I then submitted to my manager.)
  • Result.What results did you achieve/conclusions did you reach/what did you learn from the experience?(My ideas were accepted and implemented and a 15% reduction in stock levels was achieved”)

4) Ethnic Origin

Many forms include a section asking for details of your ethnic origin. This section should play no part in the selection process but is included so that employers can measure the proportion of ethnic minority applicants and the success rate of their applications – these questionnaires have been approved by the Commission for Racial Equality. They are optional, though, so if you prefer not to complete this section there is no compulsion on you to do so.


These are not always very important to an application – some employers do not even take up references until after the final interview – but they are almost always expected on application forms.

  • Generally, employers expect one academic and one personal reference.
  • The academic does not have to be your personal tutor – if you feel another member of staff knows you and your work better, or will give you a more favourable reference, it is fine to ask them.
  • The personal referee may be a previous employer (from a vacation or longer-term job), a family friend or a schoolteacher.
  • If you are applying for postgraduate study, two academic referees will probably be expected.
  • Always ask your referees’ permission to give their names and tell them something about the job for which you are applying (perhaps a copy of your application form too) so that they can relate their reference for you to that job.