Applying for a council job
It's quick and easy to apply for a council job online.
- click the "Apply now" link
- complete a simple online registration
- contact our 24-hour recruitment answerphone 01494 421 141 to request an application form
- quote the job reference number
- leave your name, address and telephone number
You should allow two full working days for delivery.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We aim to ensure that all recruitment and selection procedures operate in a fair and non- discriminatory way so that those best able to do the job are appointed. As part of our recruitment process we will:
- give you enough time to apply for a job and provide clear information about the application process
- use an open and fair selection process which will always include a structured interview
- make sure that any additional selection exercises will relate to the requirements of the post which are set out in the person specification
The application form
We select candidates according to how their skills, experience and abilities match those needed for the job as outlined in the person specification. The decision to shortlist will be based solely on the information you provide in the application form.
If you are shortlisted you will be given at least five working days' notice of an interview. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we will only contact those shortlisted for interview.
Candidates with a disability may prefer to use an alternative method of application. Please contact our HR team for advice if required.
Guidelines on completing the application form
- Read all the information provided. The job description outlines the duties you would be expected to carry out in this post. The person specification sets out the skills, experience, qualifications and personal attributes relevant for the job.
- It may be useful to prepare a rough draft before filling in the application form. If you provide a separate supporting document it will not be submitted for shortlisting unless:
All personal details are omitted (for example, date of birth, gender and marital status)
Information provided covers the same areas as requested in the job details
The post applied for, as detailed on the application form, is marked on each page.
- The application form is used for all jobs, so do not worry if you are not able to enter information in all the sections. Just show that you have not missed a section by stating "not applicable" or "NA".
- In the "current employment" section, fill in all details, including employers name, address, telephone and e-mail contacts.
- In the "previous employment" section, fill in all jobs held, with the most recent job first. This section should include voluntary or temporary employment, particularly where you do not have previous permanent paid work experience.
- References from your current or most recent employers covering the last three years (or covering the last five years for posts involving children or vulnerable people) will be required before any offer of employment is confirmed. We will take up references with your permission after short listing, but more usually after interview.
- In the "education" section, please give any qualifications obtained at school, college and/or university. Do not forget to include any other special skills or training (for example, apprenticeship, word processing or languages).
- You should use the "personal statement" section to tell us how you feel you meet the requirements of the job and person specification. Give us as much information as necessary to demonstrate the skills, experience and knowledge you have gained. This could include voluntary work, leisure interests and any other activities that you consider relevant to this position.
Equal opportunities monitoring
The equal opportunities questionnaire will be used for monitoring and review purposes only. It will not be available to the shortlisting and interview panel.
Applicants with disabilities will be considered on their ability to carry out the requirements of the job.
If you have a disability which you think may prevent you from carrying out some aspects of the job, it may be possible for us to make adjustments to the duties. We therefore encourage you to tell us what you may not be able to do, or whether any adjustments to the selection process could assist you in your application.
Asylum and immigration checks/work permits
We are required by law to carry out a check to make sure you have the right to work in the UK. All candidates are required to provide proof of their entitlement to live and work in the UK.
You must not seek the support of a councillor or officer of the council for your application. Canvassing will disqualify you from appointment.
You are required by law to tell us about any criminal convictions you have which are not spent. A sentence of more than two and a half years can never become spent.
Disclosure does not necessarily mean you will not be appointed. We will consider whether the offence is one that would make you unsuitable for the type of work.
For some jobs you must declare all convictions or cautions whether or not they are spent. This usually applies to working with children and adults. The job information will tell you if this is required.
Some posts are politically restricted. These restrictions mean that if you were appointed you would be prevented from
- being an officer of a political party
- canvassing on behalf of a political party or for an officer of a political party
- speaking in public or publishing work in support of a political party
The job information will tell you if these restrictions apply to a post.
Any information you provide in your application will be treated as confidential and only considered in relation to the appointment.