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How to apply

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When you apply for a job with us, you’ll need to submit either:

  • a CV with a supporting statement
  • an application form

We’ll let you know which one to use for the role you want to apply for.

What do I need to include in my application or supporting statement?

Your supporting statement or application is your first opportunity to present yourself in the best possible way.

Make sure that you read all the information for candidates, including the competency framework (PDF 555KB) and the level of each competency for the role you're interested in.

We’ll usually tell you what we’re looking for at the application or the interview stage (or both) on the person specification. Focus on giving us examples of the experience or competencies we’re looking for at the application stage in your supporting statement.

Do you collate information to monitor equal opportunities? Is this anonymised?

Currently we only collate this information for roles based in Northern Ireland due to a statutory requirement. Therefore, if you are applying for any of our Northern Ireland roles you will be asked to submit this with your application. The aim of collating this information is to ensure you and other applicants are not discriminated against. Information contained in our monitoring form is completely anonymised and only seen by our Human Resources team for the purpose of monitoring equal opportunities.

How to stand out

You’ll increase your chances of being shortlisted if you can give us some clear specific examples of work and projects that match the person specification and job description and the key competencies. For example, rather than telling us that you have good team-working skills, tell us about a team you’ve been part of where there might have been issues, and what you did to help address these.

Take some time to look around our website to get a good feel for what we do before putting your application together.

What do I need to include on my CV?

Our top tip would be to keep your CV as brief as possible, but list your:

  • experience
  • organisations
  • roles and dates
  • skills and competences.

You’ll need to clearly highlight how your skills match the person specification and job description in your CV.

What happens if I'm selected for interview?

We’ll be looking forward to meeting you! We’ll usually email you to invite you to interview. We’ll include all of the information you need and will tell you if you’ll need to complete a test or a role-play exercise.

Please keep in mind that some of our roles need a two-stage interview process, especially in the case of people management roles or higher. We’ll usually try to let you know within 24 hours of the first interview if you’ve been selected for the second stage.

At the interview, we’ll often ask you for specific examples and experiences you’ve had which are relevant to the skills and competences required for the role.

What other information do I need to provide?

Please bring proof of your right to work in the UK to your final interview so we can take a quick copy of it.

Can I get feedback after the interview if I’m not successful

We try where possible to give feedback on request when we notify you on the outcome of the interview.

When will you contact my referees?

We’ll only take up references when we’ve made you an offer and once you’ve given us the OK to do so.

What will my information be used for?

All information we receive from candidates as part of the recruitment process will be used by the recruiting managers and panel members to shortlist and select candidates for the role advertised.

What happens to my information once the recruitment process is complete?

Once the recruitment process is complete we hold all information relating to the recruitment campaign electronically for 12 months, after which time this is permanently deleted.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions, contact our team at recruitment@versusarthritis.org

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