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Guidance for applicants

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The following guidance notes are intended to assist you in making your application. Please read them through before you start to complete the application form.

National Star is fully committed to the principles of safer recruitment. Ensuring safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk are central to any recruitment process.  Click here to view our Safeguarding policy.

We prefer people to submit an online application as this helps support the charity in saving money. If you have a disability and need to apply using an alternative format, or if you have any technical problems with our recruitment system, please call the HR team on 01242 527631 or email hr@nationalstar.org.

Equal opportunities form

National Star is committed to equal opportunities and the fair treatment of our employees, potential employees, learners and other service users regardless of their age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, disability or offending background and collects sensitive data for monitoring purposes only. If you do have a disability please do not be afraid to tell us. This information will not be used in the shortlisting of candidates.

Applying for a job

Please complete our on-line application form. CV’s will not be accepted as this is against the National Star Equal Opportunities policy. If you require any help in filling out the application form please contact the Human Resources team.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Due to the nature of the work, the post you are applying for will be exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974. The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website.

It is a condition of your employment that you declare any convictions, cautions (including any final warnings or reprimands) which are not ‘protected’ as defined by the Exceptions Order 1975* to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The disclosure of a criminal record will not debar you from a position unless the selection panel considers that the conviction renders you unsuitable for the appointment. In making this decision the panel will discuss the offence with you and take into account the seriousness and nature of the offence, how long ago it occurred, the age at which it was committed and any other relevant factors.

Failure to declare convictions or cautions prior to or during employment may lead to the withdrawal of an offer or the termination of employment.

The level of disclosure to be applied for will be dependent on your job role and will be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Where appropriate, the adult and child barred lists will be checked and the organisation will not employ anyone who appears on either of those registers. These checks will be undertaken at regular intervals during the course of your employment.

If you have subscribed to the DBS update service, we can check your certificate online with your permission.

Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Application form

Please complete the application form as fully as possible as it is based on this information that we will shortlist for interview.

Employment history

Please give details of ALL of your employment history, starting with your current employer or if you are currently unemployed please state this and then work backwards. Include part-time work, work experience and voluntary work. If there are any gaps in employment, please note these giving the dates and the reason i.e. unemployed, travelling, carer responsibilities.

It would be helpful to us to know the salary for each of your jobs.

Education and qualifications

Please give details of all formal education and qualifications. If you cannot remember all of your grades, please state ‘pass,’ ‘fail,’ or ‘did not complete.’ Please detail any professional courses or examinations completed.  You will be asked to bring certificates with you to interview.

Professional membership

Please detail any professional bodies that you are a member of and the level of membership. For example, if you are currently studying towards a professional qualification, you may have student membership.

Training

Please list any training that you have undertaken that you feel is relevant to the position you are applying for. Include both internal and external training.

Supplementary information

This is your chance to provide us with relevant information about you. It might be helpful to refer back to the job description. Please explain concisely what you feel your strengths are, how your skills, knowledge and abilities meet the job requirements and describe any recent major achievements. Please note that there is a 400 word limit.

Career objectives

Please detail your immediate career objectives or plans.

Interests and hobbies

Please describe how you spend your leisure time.

Notice period

Please provide the notice period you are required to give your employer or the date that you would be available to commence employment from.

References

Any offer of employment is subject to the receipt of satisfactory references.

We will automatically reference your current or last employer or if you have recently left education the establishment you attended. As required by CQC if any previous employer is a care/nursing home, hospital, childcare or education establishment or work with adults at risk these will also be referenced along with all voluntary work. If not, as a minimum we will reference your last five years of employment history. Please provide full contact details for each reference.

Where it is not possible to meet the above requirements the name and address of a referee who has known you in a professional capacity for at least five years should be provided. Please check that the individuals named are willing to act as referees. You should not use close friends or relatives.

Declaration

Please read the declaration carefully, check through your application and tick to confirm agreement with the statements.

Further correspondence

All future correspondence with applicants will be via email (application acknowledgement, invitation to interview etc) as this helps support the charity in saving money. Please check your email regularly.

Additional information

If you require any further information or help in completing the application form, please contact the Human Resources team on 01242 527631.

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