Companies will tend to ask you to write a supporting statement (similar to a covering letter) as part of a recruitment process if they're asking you to apply using an application form, instead of submitting your CV. Much like when you've got that blank piece of paper in front of you when you're starting to put your CV together, it can be tricky to know what to write. If you do find yourself needing to put a summary together, so here are some hints and tips from the Sarah West Recruitment team:
First impressions count
Yoursupporting statement should avoid being a repeat of your CV or application and should focus on how you fit the job and person specification you're applying for. A good opening paragraph can grab the reader’s attention, for example, a short snippet about you and why you want the job is a great place to start.
Show you understand what the job involves
As well showing your understanding of the job, you can also use this as a chance to show that you’ve done some homework on the organisation too. For example, what would make this a great place to work for you? It is the culture, their values, progression opportunities - or something that they've done that's grabbed your attention from their social media channels?
Use your own words
This might sound obvious however the easiest way to write is exactly as you’d speak. There’s no need to use words, phrases or language that you wouldn’t do in your everyday life. This not only makes your statement easier to read – it’s also a great way to get your personality to shine through and help you stand out from the crowd!
Don’t feel you need to use the entire word count!
It can be a little daunting being faced with a large word count – however don’t feel pressurised to use them for the sake of it. As the saying goes, often ‘less is more’, bullet points are always handy, especially for those who read numerous applications and CVs!
Include examples outside of work
Try and include experiences and achievements that are relevant outside of work too. It’s amazing what people get up to that demonstrate exactly the kind of skills that are relevant to the role you’re applying for. Again it also helps to bring your personality to life too.
Don’t sweat it
People who write for a living get writer’s block so don’t beat yourself up if it’s just not flowing. Take a break, walk away, do something different and come back to it later. It’s amazing what a clear head can do.
If you’re interested in applying for any of the jobs we’re working on – all we need is your CV. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can take a look!