Completing the application form

This guide is designed to provide you with the information you need to complete a Te Puni Kōkiri Employment Application Form. To help you fill out an application, you just need the information contained in your curriculum vitae. If you don’t have a curriculum vitae, now is the time to create one.

Why do we ask for an Employment Application Form?

It is a way of standardising the information that we obtain from job-seekers, including some things that you would not normally put in your curriculum vitae. Your goal is to complete the Employment Application Form as completely and honestly as you can – remembering that the application is a key tool for you in our recruitment process. This helps us to look at your knowledge, skills, attributes and behavioural traits (competency) required for the role and the organisation’s success. Remember that Te Puni Kōkiri will use your application as a basis for deciding whether to shortlist you.

So with this knowledge here are the ins and outs of completing our Employment Application Form.

What the Application Form asks for

Read and follow the instructions carefully. Take a few minutes to review the entire application form. The application form has two parts:

  • Administrative information used in the recruitment process
  • A section where you assess yourself against the competencies of the job

How to complete the self assessment

The Employment Application Form says:

You will see from the job profile that there is a set of knowledge, skills and experience which outline the main requirements for a person undertaking this role. In addition there are a number of key competencies which form the essential capability requirements to undertake this role.

You need to give a comprehensive (up to one page) example of a time or times when you have demonstrated ability in each of the following components of the role requirements, and rate the level of your ability on a scale of 1-6 [where 1 is Limited and 6 is High Level]

Look at the job description to make sure you have a full understanding of the job. You may also wish to find out more about Te Puni Kokiri, by browsing our website.

Just as in your curriculum vitae and cover letter, you want to focus your education and experience to the job at hand. Give details of skills and accomplishments, and avoid framing your examples in terms of mere duties and responsibilities.

You can show how you are qualified for the position by including experience form all sources, including previous jobs, school, clubs and organisations, voluntary and community work.

For each example, provide us with relevant details:

  • What the situation was
  • What you yourself actually did
  • What steps you took to complete the task
  • What the outcome was

Keep your example as succinct as possible, without omitting any key information.

Don’t leave blanks. One of the reasons we have you complete an application form is because we want the same information from all job applicants. However, if there are Behaviour Descriptions that do not apply to you, simply respond with “not applicable”, or “n/a”. Do not write “see curriculum vitae” when completing the application.

Keep your application consistent with your curriculum vitae. Make sure all dates, names, titles, etc., on your application coincide with the information in your curriculum vitae.

Proofread your application before submitting it. Once you’ve completed the application, sit back and take a moment to thoroughly proofread the document, checking for all errors – especially typos and misspellings.

Take your time and do the best that you can. We appreciate the time and effort you put in to compiling and submitting an application.

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