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        How to write your Statement of Suitability

        Date

        20th March 2024

        By

        Ed Stroud

        Director of Permanent IT Recruitment

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        How to write your Statement of Suitability

        What is a Statement of Suitability?

        Also referred to interchangeably as a Supporting Statement or Suitability Statement, this written piece will often accompany your CV with primary aim of brining your CV to life in relation to the role you are applying to.

        It’s your opportunity to demonstrate to the hiring panel what experience and career achievements you can offer them that are relevant to their vacancy and organisation.

        It is not a Cover Letter, which is generally non-specific to the role you are applying.

        Top Tips – Content

        1. A Statement of Suitability should always be tailored to the role you are applying for – a tailored statement shows you understand what the hiring organisation is looking for and that you are serious about your application.
        2. Start by reading through the job description and extracting the key criteria that is highlighted – you should aim to give examples of how you deliver against the criteria based on your skills and career experiences to date, keeping your examples recent and relevant.
        3. Try to articulate the outcome from your actions, think about what impact you had and what you delivered on.
        4. You may need to layer in Behaviour-related content (e.g. Decision Making, Operating at Pace, Collaborating & Influencing, Teamwork), this may be particularly relevant for leadership positions – think about the impact of your leadership style, both:
          • internally with teams managed, individuals coached/mentored, D&I, shaping culture;
          • and externally by engaging with your network, speaking at conferences/attending events.
        5. Share your values – what’s important to you and what will you bring to the role/organisation.
        6. Go the extra mile – why not give an insight into the motivation behind your application, it might be the role itself, the organisation or both.

        Top Tips – Structure

        1. Think about the reader/audience, making your content easy to access and understand. You could use:
          • Sub-headings for each criteria, with a small paragraph written below.
          • Paragraph or ‘freestyle’ (i.e. a continuous written piece).
        2. Avoid acronyms and overly technical language.
        3. Pick a style to suit you, as your Statement of Suitability is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills, you may wish to use the STAR technique when framing examples.
        4. Do not exceed the word count or page limit.

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