Filling out application forms and interested to know how long personal statements or supporting info sections should be. I'm at 1200 words and covered half of what I want to. Is it better to cover everything and risk boring the recruiter to death or be concise and risk omitting key info?
Are there any competencies that go along with the job advert?
It's generally a good idea use those as a guide and do a few sentences to show how I meet each. 2-3 pages is generally Ok as long as it is structured well i.e bullets and paragraphs so that it is not a solid block of text.
If you use the competencies as a guide you should be able to keep it concise whilst getting the key info across.
So, for example, it might say - experienced in report writing/ reporting to senior management - the answer would be:
I am experienced in internal and external reporting and in the preparation of complex reports; in my current role, I report to the Executive team and Quality and Risk Committees regarding performance in key areas such as....
I've written the statement to tackle all the essential criteria on the person spec. Then once you include demonstrating experience relating to all the duties, it is a lengthy doc! Finished and sent to DM to proofread (as DH just reads and says 'good'). It's 1775 words