In the last few weeks, I have been researching online and studying (for the purpose of my blog of course) the best supporting information or supporting statement that there available.
According to TPP Recruitment, this is what you should be doing:
The first paragraph should introduce yourself and give a brief summary of who you are and why you are best for the role, eg ‘I am an award-winning fundraiser with strong corporate experience’. It is important to give a strong and positive impression of yourself right from the start.
Don’t forget to include your name and address on the supporting statement, as well as on your CV. They may become separated and you want to make it as easy as possible for the employer to tell who you are.
About the organisation
You need to explain why you want this specific role and to work for this particular organisation, which will involve doing some background research about them. Explain how you match their objectives, methods and values and what impresses and attracts you to the organisation.
Provide evidence of your qualities
You then need to go through all the requirements and desirables mentioned in the person specification and explain how you meet each one, giving examples from your experience. Provide concrete examples and solid numbers wherever you can, eg ‘increased efficiency by 25% while saving over £10k from the original budget’.
Ensure the supporting statement conveys your personality and shows how motivated and enthusiastic you are. Use positive statements about yourself, eg by saying ‘I have…’ rather than ‘my last employer has…’. Bullets and strong, active verbs can also give your application punch.
Your closing sentence should be reaffirmation of your enthusiasm and that you are the best candidate for the role.
Keep it concise
Recruiters do not want to wade through pages of copy, so keep your supporting statement as brief as possible, while still including all the requested information. Once you have finished, go back and cut anything redundant out. Also, make sure you get a friend or colleague to proofread the statement before you sent it.
Well you have read it, it is now time to start putting what you have learnt to practice. Good luck!