How to write a successful job application and maximise your chances of getting shortlisted.
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 have a more informal application process which may simply ask you to submit your CV.
If you have to write a supporting statement as part of your job application, don't forget that as an RCN member you can have this checked by the RCN Careers service to get advice, suggestions and feedback before you submit it. There are two options:
Option 1: Feedback via e-mail
You can e-mail email@example.com with the following:
We will then check your supporting statement and give written feedback via e-mail within 5 working days.
Option 2: Telephone appointment
If you would rather discuss the feedback on your supporting statement over the telephone with a careers adviser, call RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 to book an appointment.