Our tips for applying for a job at SaTH

You've found the perfect job here at SaTH and you've hit that 'apply now' button...but what next?

All applications are submitted via Trac jobs. You will need to create an account if you don't already have one, and this also means you will be able to keep track of your application throughout the recruitment process.

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Please note that we do not accept CVs. All applicants are required to complete the application form on Trac.

Read on to discover our top tips for applying for a job with us!

1. Read the Job Description and Person Specification

Ensure you have read the job pack attached to the advert. The pack contains a brief overview of the Trust itself, along with a detailed job description and person specification. Make sure you understand the job you are applying for, and that you can demonstrate you meet the essential criteria. We will be assessing your application based on the criteria set out in the person specification, so make sure you cover this in your application.

2. Don't skip any sections of the application form

We know that application forms can seem daunting. Trac breaks down the application into separate sections, which you complete one at a time. Make sure you complete each section in full. You will be able to save your progress and return to it later, should you wish to.

3. Be clear and concise

Don't ramble or write very long-winded sections. Keep your answers short and informative. In particular, when completing your employment history section, you should ensure that your duties are communicated in a clear and concise way. Bullet points is a good way to do this as it helps to break up the text and makes it easier for the shortlisters to review your skills and experience.

4. Keep it relevant

It can be tempting to include absolutely everything you have ever done, but try to keep it relevant to the job you are applying for. You should put most emphasis on the skills and experience you have that apply to the role you are interested in. Any previous experience that isn't relevant should only be mentioned briefly.

5. Tailor your supporting information to the role you are applying for

Don't use a standard cover letter for the supporting information section. You should refer to the job description and person specification, and use the supporting information to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for this role. Give specific examples of things you have done, as this will help your application stand out and show the shortlisters how you meet the criteria. You don't need to repeat anything already covered in the employment history section.

6. Research the Trust and our Values

Take the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the Trust and our Values, and how you would apply them within your role. 

Our Values - PACT. Partnering, Ambitious, Caring, Trusted

7. Take your time

Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application. Take note of the closing date of the vacancy to ensure you submit by this date. By giving yourself enough time, you will be able to ensure your application is free from any errors such as spelling or grammar mistakes. You may also find that you want to add in something else that you would have otherwise forgotten or missed out if you were in a rush to complete it!

8. Review before submitting

Even though you may have already checked for errors, you should still do a final review of your entire application once you have finished. Check you are 100% satisfied that you have done your best before you hit the submit button. Remember, once you've submitted it you won't be able to make any changes!

9. Don't be afraid to ask questions

Each role advertised on our site will contain contact details for the appointing manager of the post. If there is anything you are unsure of, or wish for more information about before applying, then please make contact with them and ask away!

For further information on completing each section of the application form, please read our Applicant Guidance.

Should you require any help with completing your application via Trac, please contact us on 01743 492402 or email sath.recruitment@nhs.net 

Good luck!