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Application tips

Thank you for your interest in working for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Please read the following guidance notes to help you complete your application. Remember this is the first step in the process which may lead to an interview and possibly a job offer. You should therefore complete it to the best of your ability. It is worth taking the time to get it right.

Firstly, read the job description and person specification for the job that interests you carefully (you should find these on our website or in your job application pack). Don't ignore any other information that you find on our website or that has been sent to you, as all documents about the organisation could contain some helpful information.

The job description will explain what the person getting the job will be expected to do.

The person specification tells you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to be able to do the job. Some will be essential and some desirable.

The essential criteria set out the minimum level of skills, knowledge and experience that you must have to be able to do the job. You should explain on your application form how you meet each of these. You won’t be invited for interview unless you at least match these.

The desirable criteria set out what skills, knowledge and experience will enable you to perform the job more effectively. These will be used for deciding who to invite for interview, if a large number of applicants have all the essential criteria.

When completing the “Statement in support of application”, use the person specification to help you to structure the relevant aspects of your experience, skills and knowledge. Aim to give evidence in your application that matches each of the criteria on the person specification.

It is important that you use examples to show clearly how you meet the essential and desirable criteria. Examples don't need to be from your work experience - they can be from other areas of your life eg domestic responsibilities or social activities. So don’t put “I communicate well, both verbally and in writing” tell us how, for eg "As secretary of the local wine tasting society, I negotiate discounts with local wine merchants and organise several Society visits to Calais each year."

You may find the following helpful when actually completing your form:

  •  Read through the job description and the person specification.
  •  Complete a rough draft first before writing up a tidy and easily readable final version.
  • Complete your application form clearly, preferably in black ink (it will probably be photocopied). Your form may be word processed if you download the form from the website or it may be handwritten.
  • Take care to complete all sections in the application form and use the space effectively. If you think some sections do not apply to you then write N/A in the relevant section.
  • Before returning your application check that you have completed all of the sections - put your name on any additional sheets that you use and don't forget to sign and date the form. Keep a copy of what you have completed.
  • Make sure you return your completed application before the closing date specified on the job advert.
  • DO NOT send a CV in place of the application form  - only refer to a CV or additional sheets where you have filled that space on the form.
  • If you are disabled and would find it helpful to use a different format for your application, please contact us so that we can arrange this.

It is important that you include all the relevant information on your application form, we won’t guess or make assumptions if you leave out information. Don't rely on being able to tell us at an interview - if your application form isn't completed fully, you won't get an interview.

Good luck!