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Guidance on completing your application form

To apply in writing, please complete the application and recruitment monitoring forms and post them back to the name and address shown on the enclosed job details. If you have problems completing the form or require it in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team on 01275 816142.

Your shortlisting criteria is our only basis for selecting you for interview, so it's important that you complete it in a way that does you full justice and enables us to make a fair assessment of your suitability for the job. The following suggestions should help you to do this.

If you are submitting a written application, please make sure your application is clearly legible and written in BLACK ink or type. Attach any additional sheets to the back of the application - please do not stick or pin anything in between pages. CVs are not normally accepted, unless specifically requested as part of the process.

Previous Employment

Give your full employment history from when you left school/college until now, including brief reasons for any gaps in between employment. When applying for care posts or posts working directly with children or vulnerable adults it is important that you include dates.

Shortlisting Criteria

Refer to the enclosed job description and person specification and think carefully about how you meet the shortlisting criteria for the post. Include relevant examples from your involvement in paid and/or voluntary work, outside interests and any other relevant activities. If you are a school or college leaver with little work experience, tell us about your time at school or college and some of the activities you were involved in.


We require employment references to cover 3 years. To ensure that we can obtain references as quickly as possible, please provide a telephone number and, if possible, an e-mail address for all your referees. Referees should not be friends, or colleagues who have not managed you.

Your first reference must be your manager or a senior manager representing your current or most recent employer. References will not be accepted from colleagues, relations or people who know you solely as a friend.