Curriculum Vitae. Two words that can strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest of would-be candidates. So here are some handy hints to take away the stress and help you to perform at your best.

Hands up whose CV is 100% perfect and completely up to date. Thought so… that’s why we ask that, when applying for a job here, you use our ready-made online application form instead.  In fact, we don’t normally accept CVs. Our application process is straight forward and encourages you to provide us with the information the recruiting manager will want to know about you – but if you need help, or if you require any assistance due to a disability, please contact the HR department. They’ll be more than happy to help you.

Before making your application, you may find it helpful to follow the guidance below:

  1. Start by reading the advert and role profile (normally found within the advert) in full. These will tell you all you need to know about the role. You can then tailor your application to make sure that you include everything we need know about you and why you’d be perfect for the role. 
  2. Leave plenty of time to submit your application.  We’re very happy to answer queries when you are making your application, but make sure you leave enough time so that we can help you.
  3. Think about your writing style.  Be clear and concise, but give the detail that is asked of you. Avoid using overly casual phrases or words for example “Working here would be Gr8” or “My mate Pete said do it”. That would certainly not make us ‘LOL’. Instead, use the opportunity to demonstrate how well you can write.
  4. Take a little extra time to check your grammar, spelling and watch out for any typos! Ask a friend to check through your application too. It’s easier to spot mistakes with a fresh pairs of eyes.
  5. Be enthusiastic about the role that you are applying for. Let us know why you want the role.
  6. Make sure the information on your application form is accurate and fully completed.  Inaccurate or missing information will mislead those who are shortlisting and you may not be selected as a result.
  7. If you have gaps in your employment, let us know what you were doing in this time. Often, additional activities (raising children, renovating a property, travelling or looking after a frail relative) can add to your application.
  8. If you have applied for more than one job with us, make sure that each application has been written with one specific job in mind. Each role will be different and will require different skills and experiences. It’s important that you tailor one application to each position. 
  9. Your supporting statement is really important. This is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself, why you’re interested in the position and why we should employ you. Have another look at the role profile and tell us about your own examples of similar tasks and what you have learned.
  10. Finally, double-check everything. Make sure that somewhere in your application you have covered everything required of you. Whilst we will be looking forward to learning more about you, we will only have what you tell us in your application to decide whether to invite you to an interview or recruitment day.  

We’ll let you know that your application has arrived safely – and update you where possible through each stage of the process. 

We’d normally contact you by email or phone. So make sure that you include your email address and telephone number on your application form. Also, don’t forget to check your emails and voice messages, just in case we have tried to contact you. You never know, it could be good news!