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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 may disqualify you from appointment, or if appointed may 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 Equality Act 2010, we will assess applicants’ merits, after any reasonable adjustments have been made. Therefore, all applicants invited to interview will have an opportunity to discuss any adjustments that would assist them in carrying out the role.

  • The Council has a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for candidates who meet the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability. Our job application form contains a section called ‘general information’. If this section is completed the applicant will be included in the short-list for interview if they meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification. Arrangements will also be made to assist candidates with any additional support during the selection process.

  • 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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