How long should the supporting statement be, where you match your skills against the job description and person spec? The job I'm applying for has 20 essential attributes (all of wich I can cover) and 12 desirables (or which I can cover 8) and my rough draft is over 3 pages .
How long is too long?
Also (sorry, realised there was another question after all!), I had organised the statement under the headings from the person spec, but there's a lot of overlap. If I restructure it to rationalise the content will they take the trouble to pick out all the attributes? I was trying to make it easy for them not to miss that I have all the essentials.
My DH has done this recently as under threat of redundancy and I believe getting in all the attributes as listed in spec is the way to go. Get in all the key buzzwords and leave out exemplifying too heavily until you get the interview to cut down length? Someone in HR might be along soon to help....
Yes - make it easy for whoever will be doing the initial weeding out as likely they won't be totally au fait with specific requirements - may be an external agency, internal HR - unlikely to be recruiting manager directly involved.
Ah, TB, that was what i was hoping I could do. I was just worried that if it's a box-ticker person rather than someone who really knows about the job (like mlm said) they might miss the fact that I've got all the essentials.
SPB - I want them to love me! I'm not sure that I'm the best qualified for the job but I do have all the skills...I'm not feeling very confident about it, which is amplified by the fact that I really want it. It's the Holy Grail of jobs: part-time, term-time only and quite well paid!