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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.

RCN members can also have their application checked by the RCN careers service before submission.*

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 have a more informal application process which may simply ask you to submit your CV.


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Supporting Statement checklist

  • Have you addressed all criteria listed in the person specification?
  • Have you provided examples or evidence for each one?
  • Where possible, are your examples relevant to the job description?
  • Where possible, do your examples tie in with the organisation's values?
  • Have you made your statement as concise as possible?
  • Have you proof read and spell checked your statement?

*Want your job application checked?

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 career.service@rcn.org.uk with the following: 

  • Your full name, RCN membership number and postcode
  • The person specification and job description
  • Your supporting statement (Please ensure you have followed the advice above first)

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.