Your web browser is outdated and may be insecure

The RCN recommends using an updated browser such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome

Job applications and Supporting Statements

Advice for nurses and healthcare professionals in both the NHS and private sector.

Once you’ve found a suitable job, you'll need to complete a job application. We've put together some advice, strategies and tips to make sure you've got the best chance of getting shortlisted.

Job applications 

The process for submitting a job application varies greatly depending on the job and the employer. 

If you’re applying for jobs in the public sector or with larger private sector organisations, you will probably find a Person Specification and Job Description included within the job application pack. The Person Specification will outline which skills, qualifications, experience and/or attributes the employer is looking for in a candidate. You may be asked to write a Supporting Statement, in which you'll have to demonstrate that you meet the desired criteria, and essentially show the employer why you'd be the best person for the job.

Alternatively, you may be applying for jobs with smaller private sector employers, (e.g. general practice, nursing home, independent company, etc) who require you to submit a CV and covering letter.

RCN member only content

Log in or join today to access our:

  • Advice and guidance on writing applications
  • Sample covering letters and sample CVs
  • Sample supporting statement
  • Step by step supporting statement tutorial
  • Application / statement feedback service
Nurse careers misc

Do you need feedback on your supporting statement?

If you're an RCN member you can email your supporting statement to to receive feedback via email within 10 working days. Please include:

  • your membership number (or postcode)

  • a copy of the job description and person specification.

Typing on laptop

Sample Statements

Members can download our samples.

Supporting Statement Tutorial Preview