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Civil Service job application - personal statement vs skills and experience

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Malvoglia Mon 20-Jan-20 11:31:14

Hi, I'm trying to apply for a CS job and although there is a lot of helpful advice on this site I haven't been able to find an answer to this question - I'd be really grateful if anyone who knows about CS recruitment could give me a steer!

The job is an HEO/SEO policy position. The application form consists of one page with a box for "Employment History", which I assume contains my CV, and a second box called "Skills and Experience". Then there is a personal statement of 750 words, which the job ad says should explain "why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience would help you to succeed in the role, with reference to the person specification." The person spec in the candidate pack contains 4 behaviours, but these are not the same as the 4 behaviours listed on the actual job advert (which are 4 of the official CS ones).

I am confused about how to divide up my application across these categories. Should the Employment History literally just be dates and places worked, with all the actual info about achievements/experience in the "Skills and Experience" section? Or should it cover behaviours instead, with my actual skills and experience in the personal statement as per the job ad? The ad makes the statement sound like a standard cover letter, but am worried I won't be able to do justice to my full skills/experience if tailored rigorously to the job spec, especially if I am supposed to get the behaviours in somewhere...

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Isleepinahedgefund Mon 20-Jan-20 18:36:03

Your employment history is like your CV - so you will list your employment history along with a brief summary of your responsibilities.

The statement is a “statement of suitability” - take the person spec and evidence point by point how you meet all those things.

Re the behaviours I’d need to see the job ad to clarify that one - I work in the civil service and often help people with applications (successfully!) - happy to help if you want to PM (or post) civil service jobs reference no.

Stardust786 Wed 10-Jun-20 19:29:11

Hiya I really need some advice for a HEO role, any chance I can send you the CS job spec and my personal statement?

RashdahHameed Sat 27-Jun-20 18:11:30

Hi sorry I really needed help, are you guys still around?

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