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 Specification - A 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.')
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. (This could alternatively be called 'supporting information' or 'personal statement.') This is the most important part of your job application, and where you'd try and sell yourself so that the employer shortlists you.
The aim of your statement should be to provide evidence of how you've got the experience, skills, qualifications or personal qualities they're looking for, and to convince them that you are the best match for the job.
If you haven't already done so, please read the general advice on job applications and supporting statements first.
You'll find an example person specification below, followed by an example supporting statement.
Note how the statement:
If you're a RCN member and have to write a supporting statement as part of your job application, you can book an appointment with a member of the Careers Team, to get advice, suggestions and feedback before you submit it.
Please call RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 to book an appointment.