Sample Supporting Statement
Glossary of terms
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. (Sometimes called 'supporting information' or 'personal statement.')
It's the most important part of your job application.
The main aim of your statement should be to explain how and why you've got the skills, experience or qualities the employer is asking for.
If you haven't already done so, please read the general advice on job applications and supporting statements first, to find out how to write a supporting statement.
Example of a supporting statement
You'll find an example Person Specification below, followed by an example Supporting Statement.
Note how the example Supporting Statement:
- Ticks off all the essential criteria listed within the Person Specification
- Follows the order of the Person Specification
- Uses examples or evidence to show how the criteria is met
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