Person Spec too long - how do I do an E.S.? And where do I put it? *** Beginners start here ***

19th March 2014 at 00:00

The Person Specification is too long - how do I do an E.S.?    And where do I put it?​



People are often asking what to do about their Executive Summary when the Person Specification or Job Description has 40 separate points in it.  It'll never all fit on one side of A4! they cry.   They also ask where to put the E.S.  This information is also available in other articles, but I am putting these essential points here in one package for you.


For an effective application, you should send the following:

  • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
  • an application letter OR supporting statement. Not both but certainly one of them.


Where do you put the E.S.?

If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically.


You should note that the E.S. is not instead of your letter or statement, it's as well as, it's an addition.


If the person specification is very long, then you need to do the following:

  • Prioritise. What are the most important things for them? If short of space, leave out things that can be seen easily  from the application form, e.g. QTS
  • Condense. On the example in the Blog quoted above, there was a whole sentence for their requirements, these have been cut down to the essential words, so that they fit in a narrow column and leave more room for your evidence
  • Combine. Often there are similar requirements that you can put together


When you get called to an interview, come and tell me on the  Jobseekers forum, and I'll give you advice about the whole interview process, including general advice about the observed lesson.  Don't ask for ideas for your lesson, nor for answers to possible interview questions, though.  If you think about it, it would be daft to do that; how many people do you suppose read my answers every week?  


Blank E.S. Pro-forma for job applications


Best wishes