Preparing the Garda Trainee Application Form
I cannot emphasise enough the importance of preparing a well-constructed and professional Garda Trainee Application Form. The form provides you with a gilt edged opportunity to present your personal achievements to date that demonstrates the competencies and necessary skills & qualities required for a career in An Garda Siochana.
So many times candidates have contacted me after they have submitted their forms saying they wished they had invested more time in preparation.
Stop selling yourself short!
Your Application Form should show your enthusiasm and understanding of the Garda Trainee role and your ability to meet its requirements. For starters follow my three step approach below to create an Application form that helps you to stand out from the rest of the crowd:
1. Do Your Research
Research the responsibilities, skills and personal qualities needed for a Garda Trainee; the job specification advertised will act as a checklist. Put yourself in the shoes of the Interview Panel; your application form needs to show them what skills and personal attributes you can bring that sets you apart from other applicants.
2. Map Out Your Experiences
Note down your experiences, achievements and the lessons you’ve learned. Don’t limit yourself to education and work experience; use outside interests, sport or voluntary work to demonstrate the breadth of your skills set, enthusiasm and energy.
3. Give Yourself Time
Make sure you give yourself time to complete the Application Form. Be sure to allocate time to reflect on your experiences; matching these to the role of a Garda Trainee, emphasising your strongest points and showing what a well-rounded, employable person you are. Most of the questions on the application form should only require a concise answer, so think about the most important information you want to get across using different examples where possible.
It is imperative that you are able to submit a strong Application Form if you wish to become a Garda Trainee. A professional application form which meets the criteria will ensure that you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.