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Sample Supporting Statement for Student and Newly Qualified Nurses

The supporting information section is the most important part of your job application. This is effectively where you convince the employer that you're the right person for the job and explain why they should hire you.

If you need to write a supporting statement for your job application, you may want to have a look at our sample first.

Different employers will have different instructions or expectations with regards to supporting statements, but generally they'll be looking to see if you're applying for the right reasons and that you meet the essential criteria.

If you haven't already done so, read the general advice on writing job applications first.

To help give you an idea, have a look at our Sample Supporting Statement, which has been written to to correlate to a sample Person Specification and a sample Job Description.

In particular, pay attention to the way the Sample Supporting Statement:

  • Covers all the essential criteria listed in the Person Specification
  • Uses examples or evidence to demonstrate how the criteria is met
  • Follows the order of the Person Specification as much as possible
  • Tries to echo some of the duties listed in the Job Description 

The sample should be used as a guide only, and when writing your own, you can use a structure, layout, style and format that works for you.

The Sample Supporting Statement is for RCN members only.

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Top tips 

  • Apply for jobs that are right for you
  • Never write a 'one size fits all' supporting statement.
  • Try to let your passion, interest and personality shine through where possible
  • When writing your statement, always imagine you're being asked the question, "Why should we hire you?"
  • Always run a spelling and grammar check and get someone to proof read it for you
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