When applying for a job with local government, you will usually be asked to fill out an application form. The application form is designed to show your skills, experience and to demonstrate that you have the competencies required for the role before moving onto the next stage of the recruitment process.

Some tips on making your application

  • Read the job description carefully and make sure you meet the requirements.
  • It is very important that your application is submitted in the format requested and on time. 
  • If you have questions about the job or the application, you can contact the local authority advertising the position. 
  • Make sure that you are eligible to apply for the role; for example, do you have the qualifications or experiences needed?
  • Think about your own skills and experiences and their relevance or fit for the job you are interested in.
  • Read the question on the application form carefully and make sure that you answer all of the questions including any sub-questions.
  • Make sure all the information in your application is accurate. You may be asked for evidence of qualifications at later points in the recruitment process.
  • Read the information provided on the role and competencies carefully. Use examples that demonstrate your ability to carry out the role  and that demonstrate you have the required competencies.
  • Read over your application carefully before submitting - carry out a spell check on the document.
  • Make sure you submit your application as outlined in the candidate information booklet and before the closing date.  Any applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered

If there are a large number of applications, the hiring local authority may shortlist on the basis of the information provided in your application. You have a better chance of being shortlisted for interview if you provide full details of your relevant qualifications and work experience in your application.

Good luck and remember to check your email regularly in case you are called for interview!