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Guidance Notes

The following notes should help you to complete your application form as effectively as possible.

CVs will not be accepted

Please be aware it may take up to 6 weeks from the closing date to be notified of an interview

Making your application

All relevant information must be provided on the application form. Selection for interview will be made from this information only.
The advertisement only gives brief details about the job, so please read the job description and employee/person specification thoroughly.
The criteria on the employee/person specification shows the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to do the job. To help us carry out the short-list process quickly and efficiently, please list each criteria in the further information section of your application following each heading with examples of how you meet the criteria.

The application form

In order to get short-listed, you must demonstrate how you meet all of the essential criteria for the post. Please provide specific examples of your skills, knowledge and experience against each of the criteria (this could be paid or unpaid work). This should be done by listing each criteria in the further information section of your application and then following each heading with examples of how you meet the criteria
If there are a large number of applicants, the desirable criteria will also be considered, so it’s important that you indicate how you meet all the essential criteria and as many of the desirable criteria as possible so we have a full understanding of your skills, experience and abilities.

For example: If the essential criteria asks for
‘’ Experience of using word processing, spreadsheet, database and other office applications.’’
Then you should state that (for example)
‘’I use Microsoft Word on a daily basis to send out letters and information to clients and customers, I also use Excel to create spreadsheets to give my manager financial information and statistics and created and maintain a database of suppliers.’’

If you wish to add further employment or training course details you can click on the red ‘Add’ button and an additional box will appear to fill in further details. You can click on the ‘Add’ button as many times as required, there is no restriction.

Please explain any gaps in your employment history.

Convictions and Disclosure

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 gives individuals the right not to disclose details of old offences as they are deemed to be “spent”.
However, for some jobs employers are allowed to ask about these offences, such as those working with children or vulnerable adults, which will require a check on previous convictions [including those deemed to be spent], plus details of any cautions, reprimands or warnings.


Your current or most recent employer should be named as the first referee as someone we can approach for a reference. It is Bristol City council's policy to apply for references if the vacancy is working with vulnerable adults and children and referees will be contacted if you are offered an interview. If you do not wish your referee to be approached at this stage you should clearly indicate this on your application form. Satisfactory reference(s) are required for all successful candidates.
If you are related to a referee in any way you should make this clear on the form.
If you have not been employed before, you should give the name of someone who will be able to comment on your skills and abilities, such as a teacher or lecturer, or other professional person who is not a friend or relative. A second referee can be a family friend who will provide a character reference, but the relationship should be stated.
You should ask permission from your proposed referees prior to naming them.

Right to work

All applicants will be required to provide proof of the right to work in the UK before starting a job.
Applicants must be either EU nationals or hold a current permit that will entitle them to work in the UK.

Late applications

Applications will not be considered after the closing date.

Interview expenses

Interview expenses can only be claimed by candidates who have declared themselves as having a disability on their application form. Eligible candidates will need to complete an interview expenses form and provide receipts.


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