How to Apply for Jobs

What happens after I register with Police Skills?

After registering with us, you will be contacted within 48 hours by our Recruitment team to discuss your work requirements. You will also become eligible to receive alerts about the many jobs that we work on as well as be informed about any jobs that you would be suitable for by phone, text and email.

Feel free to contact us about any jobs that you see, either on our sector specific job boards, or via our email alerts, and express your interest in any of our roles. Please make sure you direct these enquiries to the person whose name is on the advert.

We will inform you about the role itself as well as the company it is working for and the context of the role as a whole. Subject to your approval, we will then forward your details to the company concerned, guaranteeing the discretion of your personal information.

We endeavour to keep in touch with all our candidates as regularly as possible. As you are probably aware, the public sector market is relatively quiet at the moment so we will continue to stay in contact with you although we may not have any specific vacancies to offer.

Here are some tips when you're preparing your application for your next job to help you make the most of your time.

For a start, you should find out exactly which methods potential employers use to recruit. For instance, criminal justice and public sector employers will only accept applications by application form. So you'll save time by not needing to get a CV together when targeting a job in this sector. However, having a CV is a very useful tool for changing jobs and careers.

When applying via a recruitment agency it is very important you have an up to date CV. This will allow you to be submitted to roles quickly avoiding disappointment.

Commercial sector organisations, as a rule, request CVs. There are many schools of thought on what makes a great CV - here's our advice on writing your CV, which focuses on creating a CV that will get you to the interview stage. 

Application forms

While many people view their CV as never quite finished and more as 'work in progress', completing an application form is usually a one-off, which takes time and attention to detail.

Most employers tend to prefer you to complete and submit your application online as it makes the process more cost-effective and immediate.

Whether you plan to apply online or on paper, you should first complete the questions in draft form. Make sure you spell check the draft, then leave it and come back later to check and edit when your mind is fresh.

Competency based applications

Application forms, in the main, ask you to evidence you have the competencies, usually detailed in the 'person specification' section, for the particular job you're applying for. This means the employer has broken the job down in to its separate tasks and questions give you the opportunity to evidence your competence and abilities to complete tasks, duties and responsibilities. When answering this style of question, make sure you use examples from across your employment history and work experiences.

And finally, before you email or post it, make sure you've answered every question that you should have and - if it's your only version - remember to take a photocopy.


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