Your application form plays an important part of your selection.
The completed form is the only basis we have to consider your
initial suitability for the post. The following advice should help
you to complete the application form - either on paper or online -
as effectively as possible.
Some points to bear in mind before you
Consider the contents of the Job Description and Application
Form. Ask yourself why you are interested in the job. Don't copy
the same application for a series of jobs.
- Study the Person Specification carefully. This outlines the
type and range of skills/experience etc. that ideally we would like
the candidate to possess or have the potential to develop. Use this
as a guide and nothing more.
- Try to complete your application in a concise, well organised
and positive way.
- Please do not send standard details of your own i.e. in the
form of a curriculum vitae.
On the application form
The following headings correspond to some of the appropriate
sections in the application form:
- Post applied for: make sure the full job title
and department are shown on the form.
- Name and address: make sure that you give
clear details of your full name, address and telephone number. You
will receive notification by letter whether you are successful or
unsuccessful in your application.
- Present and previous employment: starting with
your current or last employer, list all the employers you have
worked for, provide job title and the period you worked for them.
This information may be used to assess whether you meet the
experience requirement for the vacancy. Check that the dates are
correct and in order.
- Education and Professional Qualifications:
Give a list of formal and informal qualifications. Information may
be necessary here to assess whether you meet the required
qualifications for the vacancy. Ensure nothing important has been
- Relevant experience, skills, etc: this is
probably the most important part of your application, as you have
to make a case here for selection so be concise, well organised and
positive. Do not repeat your career history, use only the relevant
parts. In considering your experience remember all your previous
work. Consider other relevant experience outside work such as
community/voluntary/leisure. Remember that unpaid work or work at
home is often just as valuable and valid as being in a paid job.
Express any relevant views on the requirements specified in the Job
Description in support of your application.
- References: Please give the name of your
current or last employer where applicable. It is the Council's
policy to approach current and relevant previous employers in the
interests of the service concerned.
We must protect the public funds we handle and so we may use the
information you have provided on this form to prevent and detect
fraud. We may also share this information, for the same purposes,
with other organisations which handle public funds.
Check your application form to ensure that all questions have been
answered. You will be asked to sign the form if you are invited to