Here you’ll find our A to Z of tips for applying to Unilever. Some tips are general, some are more specific and some are not just applicable to your initial application but also the rest of the process. We hope they give you some help and reassurance in seeing the application through. Enjoy!
Apply as soon as possible – our jobs are given on a rolling basis, the quicker you apply the higher the chance that there will be jobs remaining, you don’t want to get half way through the process to find out the opportunity has gone.
Be yourself – if you’re not genuine, you’ll get sussed out eventually!
Check your application before submitting – poor spelling and grammar won’t impress; double check everything.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – Unilever is a fantastic company to work for but you have to be sensible. Apply for as many jobs as you can instead of relying on one application at a time.
Emphasise the competencies which demonstrate the Unilever Standards of Leadership.
Feedback – if you don’t feel confident submitting without a second opinion get feedback from a friend, family member or a careers advisor.
Generic application? Try and be more imaginative, you need to stand out.
Honesty – don’t lie in your application.
‘I’ not ‘We’ – It is your application, if you’re writing about when you worked in a team make sure you’re talking about what you did and not what ‘we’ did.
Just be aware that Unilever can’t guarantee your work location until closer to your starting date. UFLPs (graduates) may have to do various placements in different locations throughout the scheme, depending on the function, but placement students will be in one location for their full period of working. You can give your preferences to location but nothing can be guaranteed. If the idea of this makes you uncomfortable then applying to Unilever may not be right for you.
Know about the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG as you will hear it abbreviated) industry and why you want to work within it.
Lists – these will be helpful to create before starting applying for jobs and will ensure you’re never forgetting anything. List everything you’ve done, the skills you’ve learnt, your strengths, your weaknesses (and how you’re overcoming them, see N) and what you want to gain from your placement/ a company. A lot of these things will already be on your CV if you already have one.
Make sure the function you’re applying for is right for you.
No negativity – don’t talk about yourself in a negative way. If you talk about a weakness, highlight how you’re overcoming it.
Overuse of examples – try to have various examples of when you’ve demonstrated the Standards of Leadership and competencies in general. Throughout the process you should try not to use the same examples over and over again as this will make you seem limited in experience.
Passion – if you have it, this will come through in your application. Unilever loves people with passion. If you’re not passionate about the company then maybe Unilever is not the company for you!
Questions – make sure you understand what’s being asked of you and that you answer all parts if the question is asking you for numerous things. Be relevant and don’t waffle.
Research before you start writing.
S.T.A.R. – if you give an example of an experience or competency use the Situation, Task, Action, Result format to structure so that you are clear and concise. This doesn’t just apply to the application process but to interviews too.
Tailor your application to Unilever and specifically why you want to work in your chosen function at Unilever in particular.
Understand what Unilever does and why we stand out from our competitors.
Visit our website, our social media portals and Google us! Everything you can get your hands on to read will just help you throughout the application process.
Word limit – try and get as close to them as possible. This is not to say if you write 200 words for a 500 word max question you won’t get through to the next stage but it should look like you’ve really thought about what you’ve written and put a bit of effort in. Remember this is your first opportunity to make a good impression so give as much detail for each question as possible.
Xtra mile – putting in that little bit more time is worth it to submit a well researched, well thought out and well written application.
Your examples don’t just have to be work or education related, you can use experiences from hobbies, volunteering, home life etc.
Zen – be calm and enjoy the process!