Help with applying for a job

The job application process

To complete a job application, you must register for an account and log in.

The application form is designed to take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. 

You do not need to complete your application in one go. You can save and resume later. 

After you submit your application, we will send you an email to confirm. Check your spam/junk folder for messages from [email protected].  


If you are invited to interview, we will email you a link to book an interview slot on our system.

If you are not invited to interview, we will email you. We will invite you to submit a request for feedback, if you wish.

Pre-employment checks

If you are successful, we will carry out pre-employment checks and offer you the job.

You must be able to prove your Right to Work in the UK.

We will contact your referees and ask them for a reference. We will not contact them if you are not successful.

We will email you a conditional offer within two days of your interview.

Starting your new job

When we are happy with all checks and references, we will email you to arrange an agreed start date.

Disclosure and Barring Service checks

If you will be working with children and vulnerable adults, you may need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The job advert will state what level of DBS check applies.

We will only ask you complete one if you are the successful candidate.

Your DBS application

If the role requires a DBS check, we will email you instructions on how to complete an application.

A DBS check can take some time, so it is important that you complete it as soon as possible.

You will need your National Insurance number.

If you already have DBS clearance

If your DBS certificate is the same type and level as the one required by us, we can perform a status check if:

  • you give us permission to
  • and, you have joined the update service

Find more information about the update service on

A DBS check can be transferred between jobs within the county council if it meets our criteria. You must notify the recruitment team.

Your DBS check results

Your DBS certificate will be sent to your home address.

You must share this certificate with our recruitment team as soon as possible. You will not be able to start work with us until we receive it.

Help for people with a disability

We do not discriminate against disabled people. We try to treat everyone equally and fairly.

We treat people as individuals and we want to help disabled people to get a job with us.

If you have a disability and meet the essential criteria for a job, we will give you an interview. You will find the essential criteria in the job description.

If you have a disability, you must do two things to get on the shortlist:

  1. Tell us how you meet the essential entry criteria in your job application form
  2. Tick the box on your application form to say you have a disability