Guidance on completing your application form

Please read these notes carefully before completing the application form, doing so will save time in the long run.

We ask you to submit your application online, if you need suitable web access, we have internet facilities at all libraries in Bromley, or those in your home borough. If you have a disability which means you are unable to apply online, but you would be able to make an application using a different format, please contact us.

Completing the form - useful tips

It is essential that you read the job description and person specification before completing the application form and have them to hand when completing the form.

If you have to break off from filling in the form make sure you save the work you have done as you will then be able to return to it later. 

We recommend that you save your application before continuing to the next page to prevent any loss of data from the completed application form.  

Please ensure that the form is fully completed and that all information is accurate.

If, after reading the guidance notes, you require assistance in completing the form please contact the HR Recruitment team

All fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed.

Personal and contact details

Please complete this page fully.

Education, qualifications and training

List all schools, colleges or universities attended and all qualifications achieved. You should include any qualifications, for which you are currently studying.

Please complete this section as fully as possible, we will require evidence of your highest and/or relevant qualifications before confirming an appointment and may check your qualifications with the relevant awarding body.

Qualifications are not always essential for all posts; you may have undertaken other training that is just as relevant.  Therefore, please give details of any training you have had, which is relevant to the job. This may include any on-the-job training as well as formal training courses.

Current and previous employment 

Complete this section in date order, beginning with your most recent job and list all work undertaken since leaving school or college. You must include all previous employment, including periods of voluntary work. Any breaks between employment or education and employment should be entered as a separate entry and fully explained.


The Council requires a reference from every employer for whom you have worked in the last two years. You must give your current employer as a referee.

When providing more than one referee you should use a previous employer. For any gaps in employment you need to provide a reference which may be personal or from a job centre if you are registered as unemployed. If you are a school/college leaver please give the details of your head teacher/tutor and also the manager of your most recent work placement, if applicable. You should not be related to your referees.

In addition to the above for Safeguarding roles

If you are applying for a safeguarding role and you have not worked in this area for the last two years we will seek references from your most recent safeguarding employer.

You can obtain further advice on who is suitable as a referee from the HR Recruitment Team. The Council may ask for an alternative referee if the one you have provided is not thought to be suitable.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

The Council is committed to equal opportunities in employment and appoints on merit. As part of that commitment we monitor the diversity of applicants and our workforce. Therefore, we ask for your cooperation in completing the monitoring section of this form.  This information will be used for statistical purposes only and will not be reproduced in a way that enables individuals to be identified.  All information supplied by job applicants is treated in the strictest confidence. Please see further details about our equal opportunities policy

Are you related to a Councillor or a Manager of Bromley Council?

Please provide details if applicable. Canvassing of, or failing to disclose a relationship to a Councillor/manager may disqualify you.

Vacancy source

Please let us know where you first saw the post advertised so that we can monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment advertising.

Professional associations

Please list details of any professional associations to which you belong.  

HCPC registration

If you are applying for a post requiring a social work qualification please enter your HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) registration number.

If you are applying for a teaching post please enter your DFE registration number 

Right to live and work in the UK

You will be required to produce evidence of your right to live and work in the UK before you commence employment. All employers are required to check this information.             

Personal statement 

Please set out why you are applying for the post and how well you meet the requirements of the person specification. You should provide evidence of your relevant experience, skills and knowledge by giving specific examples and demonstrating how you meet each criteria on the person specification. You should think very carefully before completing this section and refer to both the job description and person specification.

If you have little or no work experience, try to think of things you have done where you can transfer skills used at school or college, such as planning a project, or course work. You may also have considerable domestic responsibilities such as household budgeting or you may organise social or community activities - these are skills that may be relevant to the post. Be positive about your personal skills and achievements - they can be just as relevant as professional experience.

Applicant's declaration

Please read this section carefully before submitting your application form. 

A false declaration, which results in your appointment to the Council's service, may render you liable to dismissal.  

If you are invited for interview you may be required to answer formal questions as to whether or not you have unspent criminal convictions or summonses pending against you. Spent convictions must be disclosed for certain posts, e.g. Social Workers and Teachers as these are exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Some posts are subject to political restrictions. If any of the above applies to the post you are applying for, further details will be made available to you.

The information you have provided should be true and accurate and in particular you should not have omitted any material facts which may have a bearing on your application. Any contract of employment with the Council will be offered on the basis of the information you have provided. Information which you give on this form  will be processed in accordance with the Council's registration under the Data Protection Act 1998.

The information you provide to us on this form may also be used in the prevention of crime and fraud or shared with other bodies administering public funds solely for this purpose.

You will be asked to sign the application form at a later date.

Read through and check your completed application form carefully making sure you have fully answered all the questions before you submit it. You must save your application as a draft before attaching any supporting documents.

What happens next

Your completed application form will be used to decide whether or not you are selected for interview. Generally, you should hear within 3 weeks of the closing date whether or not you are shortlisted. This notification will be sent via email.

For general enquiries or assistance with the application process please contact the HR Recruitment team. 


HR Recruitment


Tel: 0208 313 4028

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH