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Application Form Guidance

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by missp87, May 28, 2019.

  1. missp87

    missp87 New commenter

    Hello everyone,

    I'm currently in the process of completing an application for a teaching post in the Borough of Ealing. However, I'm unsure how to proceed with the supporting statement section of the form. It is split into two parts: part a and part b.

    Part a states: Your supporting statement should cover the relevant criteria for shortlisting in the person specification. In some instances this will be all of the criteria listed in the person specification, for others only certain criteria will require a response from you. Please read the person specification for further guidance. If no instructions are given please answer all of the criteria. For each point please explain/give examples of how your skills, knowledge and experience make you suitable for the job.

    Part b states: Please provide details of any specialist areas of teaching including a statement as to why you are applying for this post and what attributes you would contribute. In this personal statement please also include any hobbies or interests you may have.

    When reading the guidance Ealing Borough provide they state the following:

    a) This is the most important part of your application, as it is where you show how you have the skills and knowledge for the post. Make sure you read both the job description (if applicable) and the person specification to ensure that what you write is relevant. Please note for main scale teaching posts there will only be a person specification. For each point you will need to explain/give examples of how your skills, knowledge and experience make you suitable for the job. It would be helpful if you could number your responses to match those on the person specification.

    b) This is a more general statement about you and your personal attributes.

    What I'm confused about is how this should be laid out and written. To me, for part a, it feels as though I can essentially number paragraphs in response to the person specification and detail my skills and experience. I imagine part b is almost like the introduction to your supporting statement where you list off your qualities, explain why you are applying and why you would be a good fit. However, I could be wrong about all of this.

    I would really appreciate any advice on this matter, especially if you have experience in completing the form for Ealing Borough.
  2. J.M.Powell

    J.M.Powell New commenter

    I think part A could be set out with headings or as bullet points as you suggest-there isn’t a set way of doing this correctly, but the person reading it will appreciate it being clear how you meet each of the criteria. For part B, I would write more of a narrative that gives a better feel of you as a person-let your personal style come through.
    Good luck!

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