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Birmingham City Council

How to Apply

Why The Applicant Information Pack Is Important? & Content

Each job vacancy has its own unique Applicant Information Pack. The pack contains an applicant letter, job description, person specification, information for people with a disability, an application form, and guidance notes on completing the application form.

By reading through the information in the applicant pack you will gain essential details and guidance on the vacant position and application process. The pack will tell you what the job entails and what skills, abilities and experience are needed to do the job. This information will support you when writing your application form, because it shows the criteria we look for when considering applications and selecting people to invite for interview.

Applicant Information Packs can be viewed online and printed, or saved onto your own PC (if you have Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) software).

Please note the job applicant information will only be displayed online until the day of the closing date.


Applicant Information Pack Content

The information pack provides guidance on the recruitment process and vital contact details. The pack consists of 4 attachment documents:-

1) Applicant Information
2) Job Description and Person Specification
3) Disability Employment Team Leaflet
4) Application Form

Together these documents provide you with all the essential vacancy details, and vital guidance notes needed to make an application.

The table below lists of the documents that make up the Applicant Information Pack, giving a brief explanation.


1) Applicant Information

Letter to Applicants: Important information on the application process; where to submit your application form and essential details on providing reference contacts.

Employing Disabled People Our Commitment to Applicants: Birmingham City Council welcomes applications from people with a disability and is committed to ensuring employment practices for disabled people are based on the social model of disability, to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination.

Guidance Notes: Before completing your application form, please ensure you read the Guidance Notes. These notes explain how each section of the application form should be completed, particularly ‘Section 12 - Information in support of your application’. Separate guidance notes are provided for Teaching vacancies and Head and Deputy Head vacancies.


2) Job Description and Person Specification

Vacancy Advert: Copy of the advert text is provided for reference purposes and shows the vacancy closing date. You must ensure that we receive your application form by no later than the closing date, for your application form to be accepted for shortlisting.

Job Description: Details what the job involves, the purpose of the role and lists the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of the job.

Person Specification: Lists the experience, skills and abilities needed to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the job. Every application form we receive will be compared against the criteria listed on the Person Specification, so it is very important that you look at the Person Specification, before and when completing your application form. In Section 12 of the application form you need demonstrate, by giving examples of how you have the essential experience, skills and abilities listed in the Person Specification (refer to the application form guidance notes).


3) Disability Employment Team Leaflet

Birmingham City Council Welcomes People with Disabilities Leaflet: The Disability Employment Team are available to provide practical support to applicants with a disability throughout the application and recruitment stages.


4) Application Form

Application Form: Application Forms must be completed in FULL and submitted in response to an advertised vacancy. Before you start writing your application form read through the Guidance Notes, which provides key information on how to complete each section of the form. CV's are only accepted when accompanied by a completed application form.


Some Applicant Information Packs may include other information in addition to the above, for example details on the Directorate or the work area etc.

Once you have identified a job you want to apply for, you need to decide on the option of how you wish to submit your application form. For details on the options available, select Where Can I Get An Application Form? - The Options Available


Accessibility:

A full copy of the online 'How to Apply Guidance' is provided as aLarge Print PDF document at the end of the Main Page

Alternative information formats i.e. other large print formats, audio and/or Braille Applicant Information Packs, Application Forms and How to Apply Guidance are available on request. For these formats please telephone 0121 464 1111 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday).

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