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Hi all,
I am currently in the process of filling out an application form for the NHS (Scotland).
At the 'assessment' section, the first question is asking why I think I am suitable for the role and states it is looking for 500 words. I've just done a word count and realised I am around 650 words in and have still to write a few more lines to wrap it up! Does anyone know if this will cause any problems? I'd hate to think whoever was looking at my application would think I'm just waffling on!
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From my own experience of NHS applications, both as applicant and speaking to boss who screens them, don't go over the word count. They are designed to aid screening, as they often have 60 seconds or less to scan each one at early stages (sometimes much less depending on applicant number). So if yours is over your applicant will not get extra time, so you are in my eyes reducing chance of positive outcome. Also the word count should be enough, you will be able to reduce it, and doing so will aid how concise and how much it stands out. Less is more, and make sure it concurs with job requirements, key words are great, as HR will often control search these also.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for the advice!
And wow, 60 seconds isn't much time at all. Keeping things short and sweet is definitely a weakness of mine. No idea how I'm going to shorten but I'm sure I'll manage!
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(Original post by Charlenek14)
Hi all,
I am currently in the process of filling out an application form for the NHS (Scotland).
At the 'assessment' section, the first question is asking why I think I am suitable for the role and states it is looking for 500 words. I've just done a word count and realised I am around 650 words in and have still to write a few more lines to wrap it up! Does anyone know if this will cause any problems? I'd hate to think whoever was looking at my application would think I'm just waffling on!
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Charlenek14

Hi Charlene xx

Try to cut amount of words down to the required 500 that Is stated on application form OK, as otherwise your application may not be accepted.

What job are you applying for with NHS Scotland & where about is it !!!
If you can PM ok.

Anyway best of luck with it from a NHS Scotland midwife xx
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Charlenek14

Hi Charlene xx

Try to cut amount of words down to the required 500 that Is stated on application form OK, as otherwise your application may not be accepted.

What job are you applying for with NHS Scotland & where about is it !!!
If you can PM ok.

Anyway best of luck with it from a NHS Scotland midwife xx
Hi Tracey, thanks for the reply although I'm a little late of seeing it! The recruitment website wouldn't let me continue until my word count was under the limit in all sections anyways! So I managed to get just under and send it in.
I am applying for a support worker position in a renal unit but actually looking to pursue midwifery in the future! X
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(Original post by Charlenek14)
Hi Tracey, thanks for the reply although I'm a little late of seeing it! The recruitment website wouldn't let me continue until my word count was under the limit in all sections anyways! So I managed to get just under and send it in.
I am applying for a support worker position in a renal unit but actually looking to pursue midwifery in the future! X
Hi Charlene x
No worries as glad you managed to resolve things with your application.
Renal is a good area to work in and you'll gain vital nursing skills with it for your future application to university for midwifing as it something you can put into your application as everything will help you x

Hopefully you'll get a interview and then job offer x
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