Guidance Notes for Applicants

Your application form is a very important document because it will be used as the basis for short-listing and selection. 

If you need to continue on a separate sheet(s), please attach it to the main part of the form, marked with your full name, the post you have applied for and the reference number.

Easton & Otley College may check any of the details you have provided. Giving incorrect information or deliberately concealing any relevant facts may result in disqualification from the selection process or, where the discovery is made after an appointment, in the termination of the contract of employment.

Clearly mark on your application the position you are applying for, the job reference number and return the form by the closing date shown.  The job survey form must be returned at the same time.  

Please ensure you have the correct postage to return your application form.  Incorrect postage may delay receipt of your application and if received after the closing date, we may be unable to consider the application for shortlisting.  


You must complete this section.  Please indicate here if you are related to anyone who is employed by Easton & Otley, giving their full name and department.


Please give details about your current or most recent job and in the ‘Brief description of Duties’ box try to use examples that are most relevant to the role you are applying for. Under the section ‘date you could take up new employment’, please indicate how much notice, if any, you would need to give your current employer e.g. 4 weeks.

If there are gaps in your employment history, you should give a brief reason as to why these occurred.


In some instances certain qualifications will be essential for the job and such requirements will be shown in the Job Description & Person Specification.  Use this section to show how you have kept your skills and knowledge up-to-date.  


Let us know about the knowledge and/or skills gained from training courses attended which may be useful for the job you are applying for.  This could include short courses, skills training and/or external awards. If you need a work permit to work in the UK, please state this here.


Please provide the details of 2 people who may be approached for a reference.  Please proide contact details for your current/most recent employer, we will need to cover a minimum period of the last 3 full years.  If you have not been employed, a referee related to unpaid employment such as voluntary or community work may be appropriate.  School leavers and graduates may give names of Lecturers /Tutors/Headteachers.  Please ensure your referees are in a position to respond promptly as it is College Policy that one reference must be on file before employment can begin. 


Please list all previous jobs and include any self-employment, temporary work or work experience.  These should be listed in date order with a brief description of your responsibilities, starting with the most recent.


This is the most important part of the application stage and gives you the opportunity to explain why you are the best person for the job.  Please list the headings shown in the Person specification on the job description e.g. problem solving - ability to identify potential problems/difficulties and find solutions to resolve them - and give specific examples of how you meet this criterion.  It will not be sufficient to simply state ‘Yes I meet this criterion’ - you should clearly explain how your experience, knowledge, skills, and/or achievements demonstrate your abilities in the particular area.


Please note that all of posts at Easton & Otley College are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB), therefore, you must disclose all convictions (whether spent or unspent).

Find out more - Disclosure of Criminal Record (884.4 KB)


It is essential that you read and sign this section.


The electronic application form is identical to the paper version.  The electronic version is available in Microsoft Word and will allow users to type into the tables on screen, or to print out and complete by hand.  If you complete this form on screen, please save this form to your hard drive as, “Your Name-Post Number-Job Title.doc” before returning the form via email.  Please use font ARIAL size 11, and ensure that each sheet is clearly headed with your name, post number and job title. 

Please note if you return your form electronically and are shortlisted, you will be asked to sign the declaration at interview.

Completed application forms can be emailed to

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

All applicants are asked to complete an Equal Opportunities monitoring form.  This information is strictly confidential and is for monitoring purposes only.  It will not be seen by those involved in the selection process.

Analysis of the details provided enables Easton & Otley College to monitor the effectiveness of its equal opportunities policy.  Please help by completing all parts of the form.