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Sample Supporting Statement

A successful Supporting Statement will provide an employer with information and evidence of how you meet all the necessary requirements of a role. 

On this page we'll take a look at an example of a Supporting Statement. Note how it's been written to address all the criteria listed within the Person Specification, using examples or evidence to demonstrate them. 

Glossary of terms 

Job Description - A list of the tasks, duties and responsibilities of the role. This could also include the scope, working conditions, reporting relationships,  and purpose of the role, etc. 

Person SpecificationA list of criteria (skills, qualifications, experience, personal qualities, knowledge, etc.) needed to do the job. Commonly presented in the form of a table, or sometimes as a list of bullet points. (Could also be called 'selection criteria,' or, 'role specification.')

Job application - The application or process where you're required to complete and submit information in order to apply for a job. E.g. personal details, qualifications, educational institutes attended, details about past jobs and employers, your immigration status, criminal record, declarations, etc. You may also be asked to write a supporting statement.

Supporting Statement - A written statement where you as the candidate demonstrate to the employer how and why you meet the requirements for the job. (Could also be called 'personal statement' or 'supporting information.')

Supporting Statements

If you apply for a job, it's likely you'll be asked to write or attach a 'supporting statement' as part of your application. (Sometimes called 'supporting information' or 'personal statement.') 

It's the most important part of your job application.

The main aim of your statement should be to explain how and why you've got the skills, experience or qualities the employer is asking for.

If you haven't already done so, please read the general advice on job applications and supporting statements first, to find out how to write a supporting statement.

Example of a supporting statement

You'll find an example Person Specification below, followed by an example Supporting Statement.

Note how the example Supporting Statement:

  • Ticks off all the essential criteria listed within the Person Specification
  • Follows the order of the Person Specification
  • Uses examples or evidence to show how the criteria is met

This resource is for RCN members only

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*Want feedback on your job application?

If you're an RCN member, and would like some feedback on your supporting statement or covering letter, you can email it to, along with the Person Specification and Job Description. Written feedback will be provided via email within 10 working days. If your application is due sooner than this, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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