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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 require you to submit a CV and covering letter.

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 SpecificationA 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.')

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