Jobs and careers
Advice for completing the application form
Once you’ve registered for an account, found a suitable vacancy and selected the apply online button, you’ll be taken to the application summary page. Complete the application form by working through each of the pages as detailed below. The icons will tell you whether a page is complete or not, helping you to track your progress.
Navigate through the application pages by using the save and summary button to take you back to the summary page. You can select the previous button to return to the previous page, or the continue button to move to the next section of the form.
Please avoid using the back button on your web browser whilst completing your application as you may lose the information already entered.
Part completed applications
During the application process, you can pause at any time, but you must save your data before logging out. The system will eventually log you out after a period of inactivity.
To access your application again, you’ll need to close your web browser, reopen it and log back in. Part completed applications are saved under the my applications section. Applications must be submitted by the closing date, which unless specified, will always be 23.59 on the closing date. Any incomplete applications will automatically be deleted from the system.
Be aware of mandatory fields, these are marked with a blue dot •. You will not be able to submit your application if these are not completed.
Closing date and time
All vacancies (unless specified) close at 23.59 (GMT/BST) on the specified closing date.
If you experience problems online
If you have any problems using the online application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will only accept applications forms in alternative formats as a reasonable adjustment for accessibility needs. Internet facilities are available within Essex libraries and Internet cafes and we can put you in contact with a digital buddy who can assist you with completing your application.
The application form – page by page guidance
Please provide your name and contact details. The email address you enter is the one we will use to contact you about your application, please ensure that this is completed correctly. The next time you complete an application for a position with us, your details will be auto-populated, please check that these are still valid.
Please use your ESS login and password to log into the iRecruit portal – do not create a new user account for application purposes. Your personal details will be auto-populated. Your EFDC user email address will be the one we use to contact you regarding your application.
We are a Disability Confident committed employer which means that we will guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria of the job profile and person specification document.
Disability is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
- Substantial is more than minor or trivial eg. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed
- Long term means 12 months or more eg. a breathing condition that develops as a result of a lung infection
For further information visit the GOV.UK website.
CV and supporting statement
The supporting statement section is the most important part of your application, it is therefore essential that you take the time to carefully plan out its contents.
We recommend that you download and have available the role profile and personal specification so that you can design your statement to demonstrate that you are the person we need in this role.
Please refer to the application form guidance for information about using the STAR method to design your statement
You will need to provide details of 2 referees, one of who must be from your current employer. If you have been with your current employer for longer than 5 years, then you need only provide details of 1 referee.
We advise that you do let your referee know that you have added their details to your application. If you are the successful candidate, we will contact your referees when you have accepted our provisional offer of employment to you.
Please double check the email address of your referee as this is the method we will use to contact them.
Please answer all section / questions on this page and provide additional information if necessary.
Equality and diversity monitoring
We appoint people based on merit regardless of ethnic origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, colour, marital status, caring or parental responsibilities age, or beliefs on matters such as religion or politics.
Answer each question on this page by selecting the appropriate option in each drop-down list. If you advise us that you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, we will work with you to make these adjustments to the recruitment process and your workplace where applicable.
Any information you provide on the equality and diversity page will be treated in strictest confidence.
Before submitting your application, you must tick the box agreeing to the terms of the declaration on this page. Select save and summary to save the details you’ve entered and return to the summary page.
Submitting your application
When you’re happy with your application and have thoroughly checked that all the details are correct, make sure all the icons on the summary page are ticked to show that you’ve completed all the mandatory fields. You can now select the submit my application button.
Once you’ve submitted the form, you will not be able to make any further changes to it. If you are unhappy with your submitted application for any reason you should contact the People Team, email email@example.com and they will delete your submitted application. You’ll need to start a new application to submit before the closing date.
If you wish to see the application you’ve submitted, click on my applications on the menu at the top of the page, where you’ll be able to request a PDF of the document. This will be emailed to your registered email address.
If you are unsuccessful your application will be deleted 6 months after the closing date.
You may delete unsubmitted applications via my applications however the system will clear down unsubmitted applications every 6 months.