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application top tips

Top Tips

We receive in excess of 10,000 applications each season for 2,500 roles - and more than 50% of our staff team return to work in the next season so you'll want to make sure that your application stands out from the crowd!

We don't hold face to face interviews for our entry level opportunities instead our team of Recruitment Officers will call you to talk through your application.Therefore, it's absolutely vital that you spend time filling in your application and tell us just how great you are! Our Recruitment Officers only have your application form to go by so, it really is worth spending the extra time needed to make sure yours really stands out. Most applications that are 'rejected' are down to the fact that people simply haven't taken the time to sell themselves.

Our Recruitment Officers have put together some ‘Top Tips for Applying’ to help you submit a great application:

1. Referees

The majority of applications that fail the initial sifting stage are mainly as a result of missing or incorrect referee details. It is vital that you supply the names and addresses of three people who can act as referees (teachers, ex/current employers, tutors). If you can also provide email addresses and telephone numbers for your referees, this will increase our chance of being able to contact them swiftly. Please note we are unable to accept references with non-professional email addresses, e.g. Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, AOL etc.

2. Qualifications

If you are applying for a particular role where an NGB qualification is needed (such as a Sailing Instructor), then you must ensure that you send/upload a copy of your certificates with your application. You can upload these to your application, post them directly to the Recruitment Department or scan them and email them as an attachment. If we do not see proof of your qualifications, then we will be unable to offer you a suitable job role.

3. Sell, sell, sell

Your application form is your shop window. You need to ensure that you tell us about all the things you are proud of, the achievements you've had and the experiences you've had. Many people don't take the time needed to really sell themselves and their skills. Remember, we're interested in any other similar work that you've done such as volunteering at youth groups or scouts, taking on responsibility at school or part-time jobs.

4. Try to be flexible about the role and location

Wherever possible we place people to the job which best matches their skills at the centre of their choice. However, this isn't always possible so if you are happy to be considered for an alternative role or location, please ensure this is clearly marked on your application form. This will significantly increase your chance of being offered a role with PGL.

5. Know your dates

The other main reason for applications being rejected is unsuitable availability dates. It is vital that you are as specific as possible about when you can start work and how long you can work for. A couple of weeks' difference either side could make a huge difference.

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Key PGL Facts

Key PGL Facts

Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:

  • we employ over 3,000 people every year
  • over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
  • we are old! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957 (almost 60 years)
  • we have the most competitive staff package
  • we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!