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Application guidance
How to apply

Applicants should apply online. This enables you to complete your application, make amendments and then send your completed form electronically to the Council. As an Equal Opportunities Employer we welcome all applications. Flexible working options are available.

Before commencing your application please read the job description and person specification. Reference to these documents will help you to complete your application.

General guidance notes

Please read all notes before completing your application.

  • Decisions about who will be selected for interview will be based on the information you give in your application form. Therefore, application forms should be filled in as completely and as clearly as possible.

  • False or misleading information on this form will disqualify you from appointment, or if appointed will render you liable to dismissal without notice.

  • Please ensure that this form is returned by the closing date to ensure consideration.

  • Copies of references and qualification certificates should not be enclosed with this application.

  • Pre-prepared Curriculum Vitae will NOT be accepted, either in full or in part, with this application.

  • You must use the space on the form for your work history. Do not send it separately.


  • Look carefully at the job description – ask yourself why you are interested in the job.

  • Look carefully through the person specification. This document will be used throughout the selection procedure.

  • You will need to demonstrate that you have the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to do the job. Please note you will not be short-listed unless you meet all the essential criteria listed in the person specification. It will not be sufficient simply to state that you fulfil certain criteria and unsupported statements will not be accepted. You should describe how you meet the person specification, giving examples. The short-listing panel will be looking for evidence of relevant skills, knowledge and experience.

  • In pursuing our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, we will assess applicants’ merits, after any reasonable adjustments have been made. Therefore, all applicants invited to interview will be asked a question at interview about any adjustments that would enable them to better do the job.

  • An interview is guaranteed to candidates who meet the definition of the Disability Discrimination Act 1999. Our job application form contains a section called "general information". If this section is completed the applicant must be included in the short-list interview unless the appointing officer considers that he/she does not meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification.

  • If you have not been offered an interview within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful. If you are not offered an interview we understand that you will be disappointed but hope you will apply for other posts that interest you in the future. Appointing officers will only provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants on request.

 

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