Help with your application form

This guide will help you fill in your online application and will outline the importance of ensuring the form is fully completed.  It will tell you what kind of information we are looking for and which sections are the most important when we consider your application.

The application form is the first step in the recruitment process. The form will provide an overview of your:

  • Education
  • Work experience and history
  • Knowledge
  • Skills

Only the information you provide on the form will be available to the panel who are selecting candidates for interview. It’s vital that you make the most of the opportunity and sell yourself as the candidate we’re looking for.

Taking your time to complete a comprehensive application form also demonstrates your commitment, interest and understanding of the job. It is also important to take your time and ensure that the information contained in the application form is accurate.

There are a number of sections to the application form. It is important that you complete all sections as fully as possible. Where a section or question is not applicable to you, say so.

Any sections highlighted * are mandatory and answers to these questions must be provided or you will not be able to progress with the application form.

Please ensure you leave contact details so we can get in touch. Normally you will hear from us about an interview by email.

Please ensure that you include the grade of any qualifications you hold, where appropriate.

Please complete this section even if it is only to show that you have no formal qualifications. Not every vacancy requires formal qualifications and any formal qualification requirements will be detailed in the person specification.

Please ensure that you include the grade of any qualifications you hold, where appropriate.

Please complete this section even if it is only to show that you have no formal qualifications. Not every vacancy requires formal qualifications and any formal qualification requirements will be detailed in the person specification.

This may include self funded, external or internal training courses you have both for work and in other areas of your life. You may be asked to provide evidence of attending the course eg certificates.

This section may not be relevant to all applicants.

Some posts within the Council will require the post holder to be registered with the relevant professional body and confirmation will be needed that they are allowed to work by that body ie occupational therapists, social workers, lawyers, teachers.

Please check the Person Specification if you are unsure if professional registration is required.

We have taken time to think about the skills we need for the job, and if you cannot show us that you meet those, you won’t be shortlisted for the job.  This applies to both internal and external candidates who will be treated in exactly the same manner.

Make sure that you provide clear evidence that you meet the criteria, don’t just tell us you can do it, tell us:

  • What the situation was
  • What actions you took
  • What the results were

It may help you to write a list of everything you have done in your career or life and think about whether they meet the criteria we are looking for - you will demonstrate a wide variety of skills just getting through daily life.

Try not to include any irrelevant information – stay focused on the criteria we are looking for.

Remember that not all jobs require specific qualifications or experience – it is the personal qualities, skills and attitude that are important in many cases eg team working, initiative and flexibility.

Be positive and sell yourself.

Please ensure that you ask permission from the referee that they are willing to supply a reference on your behalf.

Where you have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and you demonstrate in your Supporting Information that you meet the essential criteria for the post, you will be offered a guaranteed interview for the post. (The online application form contains a pop up information screen which explains what is a disability under the act)

If you can help us identify any adjustments which we can implement to help you either at interview or to perform the job, then please let us know. For example, you may need:

  • Help completing a typing test
  • A British Sign Language interpreter
  • Additional time for the interview or skills tests
  • An accessible location

Identifying requirements at an early stage can help us with planning and make the interview process run much more smoothly and hopefully help you present yourself at your best.

As part of our commitment to Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant if the Armed Forces was your employer within the last 3 years andyou meet the essential criteria on the person specification you will be invited for interview.

Remember to check through your application before you submit it to ensure that it is accurate. Once you have submitted the application form you may wish to print off a copy to refer to at the interview.

It may be helpful to get someone else to check what you have written to look for any spelling or grammatical errors.

You may want to come back to the application form in a couple of days, to reflect on, or amend, what you have said. You are able to save the form so that you can add to it, or amend it. You cannot go back and change your application once you have clicked on the 'submit application' button.

The information below is brief advice about your right to work in the UK.

If you need further information visit the UK Border Agency website as the rules change frequently.

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