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Swansea Working - Application form guide

Help with filling out a job application.

  • Preparation
  • How do I complete my personal statement?
  • How do I make sure my application sets the right tone?

1. Review the entire application before starting. Always ensure you aware of the closing date for the job and allow yourself at least two days to complete a comprehensive application. Rushing your application and not putting the required effort into the application will be noticed.

2. Carefully read the job description and person specification for the post, to ensure you can meet the desired and essential criteria. Start to match your skills to what is required in the personal statement.

3. If there are areas on the application such as 'memberships to professional bodies' that do not apply to you, simply respond with 'not applicable' or 'n/a'.  Don't leave any blanks.

4. List your work and education history in reverse chronological order keeping your application consistent with your CV. When describing your work history and education, bear in mind the skills the employer is seeking for that particular job.

5. Always complete personal statements electronically so you can keep copies of your statements to apply for other posts. List your personal statement exactly as it is set out in the criteria for the job post supported by examples. Each and every condition should be listed giving clear examples of how you meet the specific criteria.

6. When applying for roles in the Third Sector (charities) and Public Sectors (councils and government organisations e.g. the DVLA) you should address their values as an employer and always state clearly why you match these. Values are often there to boost your enthusiasm for the company and inspire others.

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