Job applications and Supporting Statements

- Advice for nurses and healthcare professionals in both the NHS and private sector.

Once you’ve found a suitable job, you'll need to complete a job application. We've put together some advice, strategies and tips to make sure you've got the best chance of getting shortlisted.

RCN members can also have their application checked by the RCN careers service before submission.*

Job applications 

The process for submitting a job application varies greatly depending on the job and the employer. 

If you’re applying for jobs in the public sector or with larger private sector organisations, you will probably find a Person Specification and Job Description included within the job application pack. The Person Specification will outline which skills, qualifications, experience and/or attributes the employer is looking for in a candidate. You may be asked to write a Supporting Statement, in which you'll have to demonstrate that you meet the desired criteria, and essentially show the employer why you'd be the best person for the job.

Alternatively, you may be applying for jobs with smaller private sector employers, (e.g. general practice, nursing home, independent company, etc) who require you to submit a CV and covering letter.

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  • advice and guidance on writing applications
  • sample covering letters and sample CVs
  • sample supporting statement
  • step by step supporting statement tutorial
  • application / statement feedback service
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*Want feedback on your job application?

If you're an RCN member, and would like some feedback on your supporting statement or covering letter, you can email it to, along with the Person Specification and Job Description. Written feedback will be provided via email within 10 working days. If your application is due sooner than this, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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