5 things you must include in a supporting statement
A supporting statement is a golden opportunity to say why you are the ideal candidate for a role. You can also pack it with all the information recruiters need when deciding whether to take your application to the next stage. So what should you include in a supporting statement to tick all the right boxes?
First, let’s be clear about what a supporting statement is. If you are thinking that it is similar to a covering letter you’d be right. However, in today’s job market you are more likely to be asked for a supporting statement as CVs and applications are often submitted online or by email rather than by post.
A supporting statement can be added to the body of an email with your CV attached or copied and pasted into an online form. Either way, you need to make sure it meets some basic requirements.
Essential tips for writing supporting statements
It’s important that your supporting statement is tailored to the specific job and doesn’t just repeat what you have said in your well-written CV. Keep your paragraphs short and make sure the overall length is no more than one side of A4.
Here’s the essential things to include in your supporting statement:
1. An introduction
Use the first paragraph to introduce yourself and showcase your talent. Think about your career highlights and make sure they are mentioned high up.
2. Your desire to work for them
Use your supporting statement to explain exactly why you want to work for this particular organisation. What is it about them and this role that compelled you to apply?
3. Your relevant skills
Refer back to the requirements mentioned in the job advert or specification, and make sure you demonstrate how you match the skill set being sought. Give examples of your experience and the projects where you have excelled.
4. Bullet points
Make your supporting statement punchy by including bullet points to highlight key information. This will also make the page easier for recruiters to read and refer back to.
5. Your name and contact details
In case your supporting statement and CV get separated once printed make sure your basic details are on both documents.
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