Five common application mistakes and how to avoid them
Writing a vacation scheme application that helps you stand out from the crowd can be hard work, so we asked our Resourcing Advisor at Gowling WLG, Hayley Basford, to reveal the top five mistakes she sees in vacation scheme applications – and what to do to avoid them.
1. Generic answers
You need to do your research and tailor your application form to each firm, even if the question doesn't specifically state that you should. Avoid blanket applying to lots of firms as this is really obvious to recruiters. We want to know why you want to work at Gowling WLG specifically and to demonstrate your knowledge of the firm.
2. Spelling mistakes
It’s an obvious one, but spelling errors are one of the most common mistakes candidates make. We also often see the firm name spelt incorrectly or worse, the wrong firm name included. Spelling errors are one of the most easily avoidable mistakes – so ask a friend or family member to read it through, or even your university careers service as they’re usually happy to help with applications.
3. Prove you’ve done your research
Research, research, research. Use your application to tell us exactly why you want a vacation scheme placement at Gowling WLG.
4. Not following instructions
If we ask you to outline three reasons why our clients choose us, for example, then give us three reasons, not two reasons or five. It’s really important that you can show us that you can follow instructions. So, read what you’re asked to do carefully and make sure you do it fully.
5. Be enthusiastic
It’s hard to get across in an application, but do all you can to tell us why you want a place on our vacation scheme in the most motivated, clear and enthusiastic way possible. We can tell when someone’s being genuine and it’s usually because they are passionate about the opportunity to work at Gowling WLG.
Above all, make the most of the application form, it’s the first chance you get to really sell yourself and, ultimately, it’s what gets you to the next stage of the process.
If you’re ready to apply, you’ll find more information here. Good luck!