Writing a supporting statement

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Very few companies will ask you to write a supporting statement as part of a recruitment process. You’ll only normally be asked for something along these lines if you’re applying for a role that asks you to complete an application form instead of submitting your CV. 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….just in case you need them!

First impressions count

The supporting statement should cover how you fit the job and person specification however a good opening paragraph can grab the reader’s attention. A short snippet about 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? 

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’, 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 your personality to shine through 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 careers@sarahwest.co.uk and so we can take a look!

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