You are reading a job advert and want to make an application, but you know that you will be up against several applicants who are also thinking this could be a great or even dream role for them. What is going to make your application stand out?
Firstly, read the job advert and requirements, and make sure you meet the essential criteria. Carefully read the expectation of how you should apply. Does the role require a supporting statement, application form, and/ or CV? Make sure you are clear on the application process.
Supporting Statements and Cover Letters
Supporting statements and cover letters should be tailored to the role you are applying for and directly address how you meet the essential requirements. When using examples try and take ownership your part in example you are giving, avoid “we” statements and focus on “I” statements.
Here are our 5 top tips for creating a CV.
- Keep it brief – A standard length for a CV in the UK is just two sides of A4
- Headings –Clear headings for your CV content makes things easier to read and the document easier to digest
- Tailoring and keywords – if you’re applying for a job try to tailor your CV against the job description including keywords and show why you want that job.
- Proofread it – Get someone else to proofread it and then give it a final once over. Make sure the font and layout are consistent throughout.
- File type – for best all-round readability, save it as a pdf – this can be done in most word processing software such as Word and Google Docs, by ‘printing to pdf’.
Although some of this advice may seem simple, getting the basics right can have a huge impact on your application, and make it really stand out.
If you are thinking about applying for a job at Essex County Council take a look at our live vacancies here and our application process is outlined here.
Good luck with your job search!