Applications are now open for the April 2017 Associate Programme. The deadline for submitting your application is Monday, 7th November 2016.
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The application form has 5 sections. So that you know what’s coming up and can have all the necessary information to hand, here’s an overview:
1 Contact details and confirmation of permission to work in the UK (note that On Purpose can not sponsor UK work visas. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas)
2 Cover letter (copy and paste text into form) – Your cover letter should be specific to your On Purpose application and clearly outline your motivations to be part of the programme.
3 CV document file (to attach up to 2MB) – We recommend that you add facts to your CV. For example, rather than saying: “Managed team that surveyed all our clients”, say: “Managed a team of two that surveyed all our clients (over 500).”
4 “Introductory video of yourself” (there are instructions for how record this in the application form) – Please send us a 1 min video that introduces your application. This should help us to get a better sense of who you are, what you’ve done professionally up until now and why you want to explore a career in social enterprise through On Purpose. See our video tipsClick to hide
Please send us a 1 min video that introduces your application. As well as this being a part of our assessment, we will, if you become an Associate share this video with the placement hosts during the matching process, so that they can get a feel for who the Associates are.
You can record it via a webcam (see YouTube or Facebook how-to pages for guidance) or on a mobile phone (or any other digital video recorder, of course). Do make sure that the sound is good enough to make it easy to hear what you are saying (choose a quiet room to do it in).
Remember, this shouldn’t take long to prepare (although you may find it easier to write down what you’re going to say beforehand); we are firmly interested in substance over style and it certainly doesn’t need to be edited, or have any kind of animations, graphics, or titles.
You can see an example of a video here from Chris, one of our October 2014 Associates:
Once you have recorded your video, please upload it to YouTube and check that you’ve set it to the appropriate level of privacy to allow us to view it via a weblink. The following instructions will step you through how to do this:
- Log in to YouTube (or create a new YouTube account; if you have a Gmail account you can use that to log in)
- Click ‘Upload’ on the top right of the page, just to the left of your email address-Enter a new for your ‘Channel’ and the other data asked for – then click next
- Set the privacy settings as you like and click finish
- Now click again on ‘Upload’ at the top right of the page
- Select whether to upload a file from your computer of record from your webcam
- Once you have uploaded your video, you need to edit a couple of things:
- Rename the video according to this convention: ‘Video_Firstname_Surname’. Set the Privacy settings to ‘Unlisted (only people with link can view)’; make sure you copy the link it provides to you!
- Then, lastly, copy-past that URL into the question box
5 Other details that won’t be evaluated, but will help us with recruitment in future
Navigating the application form
Use the ‘Next‘ and the ‘Back‘ buttons at the bottom of each page to navigate. You won’t lose any information that you’ve already entered so it’s not a problem if you want to go back and change a previous answer. But don’t use your browser’s forward and back buttons. Your entries are saved for 30 days after pressing the ‘Next‘ button as long as you use the same computer, and you don’t delete your cookies between sessions. Just follow the link from this page again.
If you’ve got any questions..
You can take a look at the FAQ’s, or get in touch via email@example.com