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How to apply for a job with us

Applying for a job

Firstly, read the job description carefully to see if you have the skills and qualities outlined. The job description or role specification includes the competency levels required for each role.

Important - before you complete the job application form

You will need to complete the job application form in one session. It is not possible to save it and finish it later.

Before completing the form, make sure you have the following details to hand:

  • Education history
  • Employment history – including dates / employment gaps / volunteer work
  • Previous names or name changes
  • Citizenship details
  • Criminal record / convictions
  • Disability information

To have the best chance of being successful, complete all sections of the application form, including additional information. This section gives you the opportunity to show how you meet the criteria in the person specification.

Fair and objective application process

The application process is fair and objective for all our jobs as it enables us to assess your key competencies against the criteria we are looking for. Unfortunately we can't accept speculative CVs.

Under the rules of our Constitution any applicant who directly, or indirectly, seeks the support of any Councillor for any appointment with the Council will automatically be disqualified.

Applying for a job is not always easy. Some hints and tips to support you are:

  • Read the job description and person specification carefully
  • The job description outlines main responsibilities and tasks of the job and tells you about the location and team the job is part of
  • The person specification outlines skills, qualifications and experience expected for the person who fits the job
  • It's very important in the application to show evidence of how you meet these requirements - use the additional information section of the application form to show this
  • We then assess this evidence against the selection criteria to decide a short list of candidates to invite to interview
  • It's also important you complete the application form in full
  • Any gaps in your employment history these will be explored if you are invited for an interview
  • Make sure your referees are previous employers who know about your work skills and cover the last 3 years
  • Make a note of the closing date – application forms received after this date will not be considered  

Jobs that involve working with children or vulnerable adults have additional requirements to make sure of safe recruitment and safeguard our customers. This means:

  • All applications will need to provide a full and complete work history and explain any gaps in employment
  • The additional disclosure and barring service data form must be completed as well
  • References may be requested if shortlisted for interview - so they can be reviewed and discussed at interview if needed 

We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring that no member of society is unfairly treated or disadvantaged. We are also dedicated to having a workforce that is representative of the population it serves.

We are a 'Disability Confident' employer. Where an applicant meets all the essential criteria and has identified themselves as having a disability, they will be shortlisted for interview.

To find out more about our commitment to equal opportunities read:

Applications for school job vacancies should be sent to the school contact details listed in the job vacancy advert.

You must sign any emailed application forms when you attend an interview.

Completed application forms and CVs should be sent in Word format to recruit@wokingham.gov.uk.

Applications can also be posted to Employee Services, Wokingham Borough Council, Civic Office, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1WQ. 

For a CV to be processed quickly and efficiently make sure your address details are contained in your CV or covering email.

If you email us your application we will send an acknowledgement within 24 hours.

If you are shortlisted we will contact you to arrange an interview.

If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date assume that your application has not been successful.

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