Top tips

There are lots of things to think about when you’re applying for a job. When you’re busy with other things, it’s easy to overlook some of the detail. Here are some of our top tips which we hope will make the process a little easier for you.

Completing the online application form

Taking a little time to think about the things below will make a real difference to your application:

Do your research

Find out more about the Council before applying. Take a look at the Council profile pages on this site to give you an overview.

Read the job profile

Take your time to read the detail, paying particular attention to the job purpose and the skills, knowledge and experience required. Ask yourself if the vacancy fits your requirements and skills.

Tailor your answers

Make sure your application answers the particular requirements outlined in the job ad, rather than simply detailing each of your previous roles. Explain clearly how you meet the specific requirements of the role. The person specification is your opportunity to really sell yourself.

Highlight your experience

Give clear examples of your experience – these could be from previous paid or voluntary work and other relevant activities. Think about targets you’ve achieved and problems you’ve resolved etc.

Check the closing date

Check the expiration date of the vacancy you’re applying for. This will be shown clearly on the job profile. Set aside sometime to complete your application and make sure you submit it on time.

Writing your CV for temporary positions

Your CV will give potential employers a really good overview of your experience and achievements. Spending a little time on it now will guarantee you make a good first impression.

Work experience

Put your most recent role first.

List your qualifications

Be sure to include details of your qualifications which are relevant to the role you are applying for, putting the most recent first. These will be set out in the job profile.

Demonstrate your experience

Give clear examples of your experience. Try not to simply create a list of each of your jobs.

Include references

Include names and addresses of two referees. One should be your current employer. If you don’t currently have a job, make sure you include your last employer.

Check and check again

Read through your CV a couple of times to make sure it reads okay. And, don’t forget to use a spell checker. Why not get a friend to read it also just in case there’s something you’ve missed?

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