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yourapplicationYour application is a marketing document and tool that is going to help you sell yourself.

Below are some tips to help you make the most of your application and secure an interview.

 

Writing your CV

  • Have a clear idea of what your unique selling points and strengths are by thinking about your skills, competencies, qualifications, experience and your achievements.
  • Review the job description and person specification and use the key words that apply to you in your CV and supporting statement.
  • The objective is for your CV to stimulate enough interest for you to be long listed. So it is crucial to include enough information, but not so much that you bore the reader, who probably has many others to read. Providing small, digestible pieces of information will make your application easier to read, increasing your chances of successfully selling yourself.
  • Three pages maximum is preferred, but less is definitely more. Every word must contribute to the overall message - so keep it brief and ensure that the content is relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Ensure that your CV is well structured as this will demonstrate you can think logically and will make it easier to review.
  • Self-opinion is best avoided. Aim to include factual information or objective evidence and remember to focus on the benefits of your achievements as opposed to highlighting what you think of your achievements.
  • Pay close attention to your spelling and grammar. Use ‘Spell Check’.
  • For more tips on writing and structuring your CV Click Here.

 

Your Supporting Statement

Your supporting statement can be used to pick up points specific to the job description and person specification which space prevented you from including in your CV.

Use it to explain how you are a good candidate for the post and how you fulfil the person specification.

Reflect on how you can make a contribution to the organisation in the short and long-term, and demonstrate your commitment to doing so.

As with your CV, we recommend a maximum of three pages but the briefer the better.

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