How to Write a Good CV vs Supporting Statement

A great supporting statement can be the difference between an invite for an interview and a “thanks, but no thanks”. That’s why before you think of sending off a CV, you should take some time to craft a job-winning supporting statement.

Rather than thinking of it as a hurdle standing between you and our dream job, think of it as another opportunity to demonstrate how you’re the best choice for the position.    

We’re here to tell you exactly how you can write a unique and memorable supporting statement that makes a positive impression, and increases your chances of beating the other candidates. Ready to find out how? Read on! 

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Supporting statement vs cover letter

A supporting statement and a cover letter are two different documents that job seekers use when applying for a job.

A cover letter is a short document that accompanies a CV or resume. It typically provides an introduction, a summary of the job seeker’s qualifications and skills, and an expression of interest in the job. A cover letter should be tailored to the specific job and company, and it should highlight how the job seeker’s skills and experience align with the requirements of the job.

On the other hand, a supporting statement is a more detailed document that is often required for certain types of job applications, such as those in the public sector or for academic positions.

A supporting statement is used to demonstrate how the job seeker meets the specific requirements of the job. It should include specific examples and evidence to demonstrate the job seeker’s skills, experience, and accomplishments. A supporting statement may also include information about the job seeker’s personal qualities, such as their motivation and values.

Supporting statement job application example

Here is an example of a supporting statement for a job application:

Job Title: Marketing Manager

Requirement: Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing successful marketing campaigns.

Supporting Statement Example:

I am excited to apply for the Marketing Manager position at [Company Name]. As a seasoned marketing professional with over 7 years of experience, I have a proven track record of developing and implementing successful marketing campaigns that drive brand awareness and increase sales.

In my previous role at [Previous Company], I led a team of marketers to develop and execute a comprehensive marketing strategy that resulted in a 25% increase in sales over the course of a year. I accomplished this by conducting market research, identifying key target audiences, and developing tailored campaigns that effectively communicated the brand’s value proposition.

I am well-versed in a variety of marketing channels, including digital marketing, social media, content marketing, email marketing, and events. I am proficient in using analytics to measure the success of campaigns and make data-driven decisions.

In addition to my technical skills, I am a collaborative team player who is passionate about creating a positive and inclusive work environment. I enjoy mentoring and developing my team members, and I believe that strong relationships are essential to achieving business objectives.

I am confident that my skills and experience make me an excellent fit for the Marketing Manager position at [Company Name]. I am eager to bring my expertise to your team and make meaningful contributions to the success of the company.

Thank you for considering my application.

Supporting statement job application example

How to start a supporting statement

To start a supporting statement, it is important to first read the job description and understand the requirements of the position. This will help you tailor your statement to the specific job and demonstrate how your skills and experience align with the job requirements. 

Once you have a clear understanding of the job requirements, you can start your supporting statement with an opening paragraph that introduces yourself and expresses your interest in the position. You can start by stating your name and briefly mentioning your current position or relevant experience. 

Next, you can explain why you are interested in the position and what you find compelling about the company. This can demonstrate that you have done your research and are genuinely interested in the opportunity.

What to include in a supporting statement

Next, you can explain why you are interested in the position and what you find compelling about the company. This can demonstrate that you have done your research and are genuinely interested in the opportunity.

After introducing yourself and expressing your interest, you can move on to describing your relevant skills, experience, and accomplishments. This is where you can provide specific examples and evidence to demonstrate your suitability for the job.

A good supporting statement is one that is clear, concise, and persuasive. It should highlight your skills and experience, and explain why you are a good fit for the job you are applying for.

Here are some examples of what to include in your supporting statement:

  • Your skills and experience
  • Your accomplishments
  • Your education and training
  • Your motivation for the job
  • Your strengths and weaknesses
  • Your goals for the future
 

Here are some examples of what not to include in your supporting statement:

  • Personal information, such as your age, marital status, or children
  • Salary requirements
  • References
  • Negative information, such as gaps in your employment history or disciplinary actio

What makes a good supporting statement?

A good supporting statement is a well-written document that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the job and why you are a strong candidate. Here are some key elements that make a good supporting statement:

  1. Understanding the job requirements: Before writing your supporting statement, it is important to read the job description and understand the specific requirements of the job. This will help you tailor your statement to the job and show how your skills and experience match the requirements.

  2. Relevant examples: A good supporting statement includes specific examples of how you have demonstrated the required skills and experience in previous roles or projects. Providing evidence of your achievements and accomplishments is essential to make your application stand out.

  3. Clarity and structure: A good supporting statement should be well-structured and easy to read. Use clear and concise language and avoid jargon or buzzwords. Organise your statement into clear paragraphs with headings, if appropriate.

  4. Attention to detail: A good supporting statement should be error-free, with no typos, grammatical errors or inconsistencies. It is important to proofread your statement carefully before submitting it.

  5. Personal qualities: In addition to skills and experience, a good supporting statement should also demonstrate your personal qualities, such as motivation, work ethic, and teamwork skills. These qualities can help you stand out as a candidate who will be a good fit for the company culture.

Finish in style

After all this hard work it can be tempting to finish off with something like “I look forward to hearing from you!” But this doesn’t add anything new. Instead, try to close things by briefly reiterating your enthusiasm and passion in a line or two, before asking for an interview in a phrase like “I’m excited to meet with you”. 

A few dos and don'ts

  • Focus on what you can do for them and why they need you.
  • Don’t be overly formal, but remain professional.
  • Consider having someone read your letter. Those who work in recruitment, HR, or management are ideal, but any fresh perspective is helpful.
  • Don’t reuse cover letters, customise each one to each job. Although you can use a general template, each cover letter should be tailored to your specific application.
  • Read your cover letter several times, and at least once out loud so you can check to make sure the writing flows well and is easy to read. 

Overall, a good supporting statement should demonstrate your skills and experience, provide specific examples, be well-structured and error-free, and demonstrate your personal qualities.

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