How to Apply

Guidance notes on completing the  online application form

Please read these notes carefully before completing the online application form. The purpose of completing the application form is to enable you to be short listed for interview. Completed application forms are matched against the requirements set out in the person specification to create a shortlist. It is very important that you complete the application form in full.

Please note that we do not accept curriculum vitae (CVs) unless specifically requested on the website and/or advert. If you would like to receive an application pack in a different format please contact the HR Administrator through with your specific requirements.

Completing the application form

You should study the job description and person specification carefully before completing your application form. Whether you are short listed for interview will depend on how well you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria listed in the person specification.

We will not make assumptions about your achievements and abilities so you must clearly state on the form how exactly you feel you match the listed requirements.
The following tips are designed to help you complete the application form as effectively as possible:

  • Study all the information you have been sent about the job and the application form carefully before you begin to complete the form. Ensure that you are clear about what you are being asked to do.
  • Make sure that your application is specific to the job you are applying for. A standard application form, which you have prepared before, may not address all of the items in the person specification.
  • Think about the extent to which you possess the skills and experience necessary to do the job. You should then provide information about skills and experience which address all of the items in the person specification. If possible, try to do so in the order in which they are listed.
  • It may be helpful to do a rough draft of the form first so as to avoid mistakes and repetition. 
  • Give examples of your skills and experience and write in a positive way. Remember to write about those things which you have personally been responsible for.
  • Make sure that you complete all sections of the application form.
  • Select those aspects of your experience, skills and interests that are relevant to the job. Remind yourself of your qualities and skills that you may take for granted.
  • Remember to consider relevant skills and experience acquired outside of paid work - for example, experience gained from community or volunteer work, or in your leisure interests.
  • When listing your previous jobs, ensure that dates are correct and in the right order, stating your most recent employment first.


If you have a disability, which makes writing difficult, it is possible that the application can be completed in a different way, so please contact the HR department to discuss this further.

We ask all applicants to declare whether they have a disability. The reason for doing this is to ensure we fulfil our commitment of interviewing all disabled applicants who fully meet the job criteria.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer feedback to those unsuccessful at application stage.

*You can download these guidance notes by clicking here!