Job seekers

How to write a supporting statement

A supporting statement is a chance for you to write about your skills and experiences and how you would be suited to the role you are applying for. The statement is likely to be the first impression the manager and organisation have of you so it’s important you take the time to write it. Use words from the job description and make them relevant to your career history or skill set.

A supporting statement can be considered as a shorter and more concise version of your cover letter. It should be no longer than two paragraphs long and take up approximately a quarter of an A4 sheet of paper, so around 80 to 150 words.

Adapt your supporting statement for each job you apply for to demonstrate that you have an authentic interest in that particular position. This will make it easier for you in your job application to ultimately get through to the interview stage.

For support visit the National Careers Service website.