Application advice

The selection criteria

The person specification describes the skills, knowledge and experience we expect a candidate to have. We will use this to determine whether you are shortlisted. It is important that you show how you are able to satisfy each of the stated criteria.

Please make sure you show in your application, how you meet each of the criteria, by explaining in detail and giving examples. Please do not just repeat what is in the person specification.


It is important that you do not leave out any relevant experience or skills and knowledge gained, whenever or however it was gained. For example, study, voluntary or unpaid work could be included.

Any reasons for gaps in employment should also be recorded on your application and must be given in full if you are applying for a job working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

As well as explaining why you think you can do the post, you should also give reasons for applying.