Application forms

It's fair to say that these can be a bind to complete. However, they are your first opportunity to make an impression:

  • Make sure that your dates in relation to education and career history are accurate, explaining any gaps.
  • You will be given very little space under employment to outline duties and so just include the salient points.
  • The most important part is the 'freestyle' section. Follow the points on the person specification in the order that they appear, qualifying each with an example.
  • If needed, use one additional sheet.
  • Check over the form for spelling or grammatical errors.

How to complete an application form
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Supporting statements

This is equivalent to the 'freestyle' part of an application form and can either be called a supporting statement or a cover letter.

  • Don't write endlessly, keep it to 11⁄2 sides max.
  • Make it easy for the reader by addressing the points on the person specification in the order that they appear, qualifying each point with an example.
  • Include examples from both your current and previous employment, and relevant voluntary experience.
  • Remember to include a summary of your reasons for applying for the post and wanting to work for the charity.
  • Check over the document for spelling or grammatical errors.

Writing supporting statements
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