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Help applying for a new role

We’ve provided the guidance below to support you with your new job application.

How to write a CV

  1. Begin with your contact information – include your full name and address, phone number and email address
  2. Write a short summary of your background. This should be a few sentences that summarise your professional experience, skills, and education
  3. List your educational background. Include any degrees or certifications you have, along with the name of the school and the date it was earned
  4. List your professional experience. Start with your current or most recent job then your past positions in reverse chronological order. Include the job title, company name and dates worked
  5. Describe your duties and accomplishments beneath each job. Provide a few sentences that describe your responsibilities and any successes or achievements
  6. Explain any periods of unemployment
  7. Include any additional skills or qualifications. This could be computer skills, languages or other relevant knowledge and experience outside of employment
  8. Proofread and edit your CV. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors and that everything is formatted clearly

How to complete the online application

  1. Carefully read the person specification criteria and identify the skills, experience, and qualifications the employer is looking for and has marked as ‘essential’
  2. Take your time to complete the application accurately and thoroughly. Ensure any information provided is truthful and relevant to the person specification
  3. Provide examples of how you meet the criteria in the person specification. For example, if the job requires you to have experience in customer service, explain when you have done this and give an example of a situation when you have successfully dealt with customer queries
  4. Include any additional information that demonstrates your suitability for the role, such as courses attended, awards or certifications, or voluntary work. If you are a school leaver you should explain why this job is of interest to you and why you feel you are suitable for it
  5. Outline your transferable skills. (See guide below)
  6. Review your application checking for spelling, punctuation, and grammar, as well as accuracy
  7. Submit the application form by the deadline listed in the advert

Transferable Skills

1. Look at the job description and person specification. Carefully examine the role’s responsibilities and requirements. Pay attention to the skills, knowledge, and experience that the employer is looking for

2. Make a list of your transferable skills you have acquired in your previous roles and identity which of them could be used in your current job

3. Compare the jobs requirements and your skills, look at the list of skills required for the job and compare the two

4. Identify the relevant transferable skills. Make sure to emphasise the skills you have acquired throughout your career and how they can be used in the new position

See the following example.

Your skillsTransferable skills
In my military career I….
  • Team leadership
  • Project management
  • Resource management
  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness
In my voluntary work I…
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Delegation


Interview tips

  • Research LCRCA our background, mission, values, and service areas
  • Think about the person specification and what the role is looking for – think about the questions you are likely to be asked and practice your answers. try to anticipate what will be asked and think of examples that illustrate your experience, strengths, and successes
  • Practice interviewing with a friend or family member. Have them ask the questions you have prepared answers for
  • Dress professionally, look neat and presentable – even if it is on Microsoft Teams. Ensure your background is clear of personal items and you have a quiet space
  • Arrive early (around 10 mins) to ensure you have enough time to find the location and are not rushing.
  • Be positive and show enthusiasm and interest in the role – remind yourself in advance the details of the position.
  • Use the STAR technique to give examples of your real-life experience – Situation, Task, Action and Result. Explain the situation you were in, the task needed to complete, the action you took and the result of the action to show your suitability to handle similar tasks in the new job.
  • Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Be sure to highlight your transferable skills from previous roles

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS)

For some of our customer facing roles we will carry out Disclosure and Barring Service Checks. Checks are completed through the Disclosure and Barring Service, following a successful interview and conditional offer. Details of these checks are restricted to the People Team and not shared with recruiting managers.

If you have questions about the DBS service, click the button below.

Overseas Applications

LCRCA are not currently a sponsor organisation for those applying from outside of the UK. This means that we will be unable to sponsor applications for work visas from those who live outside of the UK and do not currently hold the right to work.

For more information on whether you need a Visa to work in the UK, click the button below.

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