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Job applications

How to write a successful job application and maximise your chances of getting shortlisted.

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 NHS or for larger organisations, you’ll find they will have included a person specification in the job application pack, outlining all the skills, experience and attributes required to do that role. You may be asked to write a "supporting statement," as part of the application, in which you must demonstrate to the employer how you meet the requirements for that job.

Your job application will be judged and scored based on how well your application and supporting statement tallies up to this person specification. Candidates who can demonstrate they are the best or closest match will be the ones shortlisted for the next stage of recruitment. 

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*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.

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