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You can search for jobs with us and our partner organisations here or sign up to get email updates about new jobs. You can download and submit application forms online. You can find job vacancies working in adults and children's social care here.

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There is a link to the application form with each job page. You can download the application form as a Microsoft Word document (.doc and .docx).

Return your completed application to us by submitting it from the relevant job description page. We will confirm that we have received your application.

To apply in writing, please download and print the form. You can post it to the name and address on the job details.

Because of the number of enquiries we receive, we will only acknowledge written applications which include a stamped and addressed envelope.

If you have problems completing a form or if you need it in a different language or with larger print, please contact the Recruitment Team on 01823 356862.


Guidance on completing your application

Your application form is our only way of choosing you for an interview. Make sure you complete it in a way that does you justice, to help us to make a fair assessment of how suitable you are for the job. 

If you are submitting a written application, please make sure you write clearly using black ink or type.

Attach any additional pages to the back of your application. Please do not put anything in between pages.

CVs are not normally accepted, unless we specifically ask for one.

Employment history

Please give your full employment history including the reason for any gaps between employment. If you are applying for care posts or posts working directly with children or vulnerable adults you should be particularly thorough.

Personal statement

Read the job description and person specification and tell us how you meet the key competencies for the post.

You should include:

  • Relevant examples from your involvement in paid or voluntary work
  • Outside interests and any other relevant activities. 
  • If you have recently left school or college, tell us about your experiences there and the extra-curricular activities you were involved in.

References

You will need to provide two references, from people who we will contact if you are shortlisted for an interview. Referees should not be friends, or colleagues who have not managed you. Please provide a phone number and email address for both your referees so that we can contact them as quickly as possible. 

We reserve the right to ask for information from any previous employer.

If you are applying for a job working with children or vulnerable adults we will ask your previous employer about relevant disciplinary offences (time expired or not). We will also ask them whether you have been the subject of any child protection concerns and the result of any enquiry or disciplinary procedure.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Contacts

Contact: Recruitment Team
Address: Recruitment Team, Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Email: recruitment@somerset.gov.uk
Phone: 01823 356862

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