Job application guidance

Why is it important to complete the application form correctly?

The information on the application form is used to decide whether we should invite you for an interview.

How can I make sure that I fill it in correctly?

First of all, read through all the information supplied to you with the application form. You should pay particular attention to the Job Description, which outlines the duties of the post, and the Person Specification, which states the skills, experience and qualifications that are required to be able to do the job.

The Job Description does not include all tasks which may be undertaken by the post holder, but gives an outline of the main duties which are currently undertaken.

The Person Specification details the skills qualifications and experience necessary for the job either as “essential” or “desirable”. If you do not have all the essential qualities stated, it is unlikely that you will be selected for interview.

Please do not send in a C.V instead of your application. This is because the application form is designed so that information can be compared on a like for like basis. In addition, C.V’s are unlikely to address the demands of a particular post.

What are the different sections for?

Vacancy Details - please give the reference.

Personal Details - This is the information that we will need in order to contact you.

Education and Training - Give details of all education, training and qualifications undertaken from secondary school onwards.

Membership of Professional Bodies - Give details of any professional bodies of which you are a member, including the membership grade and renewal date.

Present Employment - Give details about your present or most recent job.

Previous Employment - Give details of your other jobs in date order from the most recent and listing all work since leaving school/college. You should explain any gaps in your employment history and continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

General Information in Support of Application - In this section you will need to explain why you think you can do the job. You should demonstrate how you meet the Person Specification by describing any work, experience or training you have had. This could be paid work, voluntary work or work done at home. Please note that if you do not demonstrate that you can meet all the essential criteria, you are unlikely to be interviewed, so make sure you do this on the form.

Applicant Monitoring Questionnaire - The council is committed to working towards equal opportunities for all and has employment policies in support of this. In order to make sure that these policies are effective and discrimination does not occur, we need to collect the information asked for on the Diversity Form. This information will not be used by those involved in the selection process.

Referees - Your first referee should be your present employer, or if you are not employed at present, your last employer. Your second referee may be a previous employer or someone who has knowledge of your skills and can comment on your ability to do the job for which you are applying.

Rehabilitation of Offenders - You are expected to complete this section if you have been convicted of a criminal offence other than those which are “spent” under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. For some posts we will also require a satisfactory police check once an offer of employment has been made. All Information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Applicants with Disability - Applicants with disability who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria for a job will be guaranteed an interview.

What happens next?

Your completed application form will be used to decide if you should be selected for interview.

You will be notified in writing whether or not you have been successful in obtaining an interview shortly after the closing date.

If you have applied using the printed application form, please return the completed form to:

Human Resources
Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House
New Bridge Road
CA14 3YJ

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
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