Have you ever decided not to bother because the application form looked as if it had been designed by a retarded monkey? Schools, if you want to cut down on the number of applications, here are a few pointers. <ol> [*] Application forms that are only supplied in PDF format. Most applications are filled in and submitted electronically, and most people don't have the very expensive programs required to edit PDFs. So make your application form available in Word or Open Office format. [*] University qualifications are fine, but do you really need to know what secondary schools I attended and what A-levels I got. Some schools even want to know about O-levels. [*] Exact dates. Most schools are happy with month/year, but some some insist on the day too. Is this a trick question to sift out the anal retentives - sorry, but most people don't keep such detailed records. [*] Now we come to the pièce de résistance, the employment section. Sometimes there is only a quarter of a page provided, but the entire history is wanted - so it's to be continued on a separate sheet. Well, my CV could be that separate sheet, so why aren't you prepared to accept it in lieu of this section. Then we have something like a 2cm wide column for the complete name and address of the company, which might have moved, gone out of business or been taken over. 1cm to give a reason for leaving (do you honestly think someone is going to put down rogered the chairman's wife, or similar). Why do you want to know how much I earned - once again, why would I keep such information, and surely what you are prepared to pay me shouldn't be based on that. And then there's a form that asked who I reported to. If it's a school you will want to speak to the head teacher or head of department. If not then, for legal reasons, most companies forbid employees from giving references. </ol> Have a little think about your application form. If designing it had been a homework task, in many instances the student would have got an F!