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How to apply

We encourage people to apply online for all roles as it saves us time and money.

If you are unable to apply online for any reason, contact the person specified in the vacancy details.

If you have any technical problems or feedback about our online recruitment system, please email recruitment@redcross.org.uk.

Searching for positions 

Reading the vacancy description 

Vacancy alerts 

Applying for a position 

Completing a saved application 

Applying for a new position 

Password reminder 

Positive about Disability (Two Tick) 

Searching for positions

Go to the search and apply page. Using the drop-down menus, you can search in many different ways:

  • by reference number, if you have seen the position advertised somewhere else
  • by interest area, such as within a specific Territory or overseas 
  • by location, but you must select an interest area first
  • by division (see our structure)
  • by free text, to search for key words in the vacancy description.

Alternatively, click on 'Search and apply' without selecting any criteria to see all current vacancies.

Reading the vacancy description

Once you have carried out a search, the results will be displayed. Each job title is a link that will take you to the vacancy description or person specification for that role.

Vacancy alerts

From the search results page, you can also register for vacancy alerts. Enter your email address and the system will automatically send you notifications when roles that match your search criteria are available. If you don't see a position that you like the look of now, register online and let the vacancies come to you!

Applying for a position

Once you have reviewed the vacancy description, at the bottom of the page you will have two options:

  • Click here to apply for this position 
  • Click here to send this position to a friend

Emailing a friend allows you to send the vacancy description to a friend, colleague or anyone else you think may be interested in the role. You will be able to add a personal message and when the user reads the email, the link to the position will be displayed so they can apply straight away.

By clicking on 'Click here to apply for this position', you will be taken through to any initial questions that may be essential for the role. Once these have been answered, you will see a page asking you to 'Apply now'.

If you have not registered online with the Red Cross before, click on 'Apply now' and you will be asked to enter some basic information to create your account. Once this is saved, you will be taken to the application form.

Education, training and personal skills

For a number of jobs within the British Red Cross, no formal qualifications are necessary, so do not be put off if you have nothing to put in this section.

Besides telling us about the exams that you have passed, you should also provide information about any relevant courses you have attended or skills you have attained.

Work experience

The form asks you to give details, to the nearest month and year, of previous jobs held, and account for any gaps in your employment record.

You may have developed other skills and experience through unpaid work. Details of these should be included on the form, particularly where they are relevant to the role for which you have applied.

References

Please note that referees will not be contacted until an offer of employment is made. Where possible, please check that referees are happy for us to contact them before you include their details, as this saves time.

You are asked to supply details of two referees. Ideally, these should be your current line manager and previous employer.

If you are unemployed, your last employer should be named. If you have any voluntary or unpaid experience – for example, as a member of a Parent Teacher Association – you could include the chair of the committee among your referees.

If you can only provide the names of friends as referees, complete the rest of the application and tell us why you can only supply personal referees.

Additional information

This section gives you the opportunity to demonstrate why you are suitable for the post. Before completing it, refer to the job description and person specification. These can be downloaded from the vacancy information page.

The job description provides an outline of the main duties of the post, while the person specification describes the skills, experience and competencies necessary to carry out these tasks.

In this section, it is essential that you relate your experience to the information given in both the job description and person specification documents.

Make sure you give specific examples. For example, tell us what you did in your job rather than what the team did. Also, provide concrete examples of where you have demonstrated a particular skill, rather than simply saying you have it.

Do not leave out details of any relevant skills, experience or knowledge, wherever or however it was gained (for example, voluntary or unpaid work). These can be important.

Criminal convictions

If the post for which you have applied is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure, the vacancy information will tell you so. In such cases, you should declare on the application any cautions, convictions or bindovers you may have, and tell us if there are proceedings outstanding against you.

If the post is not subject to an enhanced CRB disclosure but you have an unspent caution, conviction or bindover, you should declare this on the application.

The fact that you have a criminal record does not automatically prevent you from being considered for a job. We will take into account the nature of the offence, when it happened and whether it is relevant to the job. If you are shortlisted, this will be discussed with you at interview.

Completing a saved application

Please complete as much of the application form as you can. Forms may be different depending on the role you are applying for but each section has a box that says 'Tick here to mark this section as completed'. This must be ticked on each of the sections before you will be able to submit your completed application form. A tick will appear next to each section as you complete it.

Once you have completed all sections, you’ll be asked to agree to our data protection requirements before a 'Submit here' button appears allowing you to submit your application form to us.

You do not have to complete the entire application in one sitting. You can come back to the application form at any time via the Update my details page once you have created an account, to change contact details or complete the form at a later date.

This is also where you would go to review any email communication we have sent you and where you may go to book interview dates if your application has progressed to the next stage.

Applying for a new position

If you have applied online for a job with us in the past, or if you have created an account online, you can simply enter your email address and password to login.

Any information you have previously entered will be shown in the new application form for the position you are now applying for.

Password reminder

If you forget your password at any time, you can simply request a new one from the login page.

Positive about Disability (Two Tick)

Our commitment to equality of opportunity is reflected in our positive approach to disability. As part of this commitment, we participate in the Positive about Disability (Two Tick) scheme.

The standard question about disability on our online application is designed to ensure that recruiting managers are able to meet the first requirement of the scheme, namely to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the post (as indicated on the person specification).

It will also enable us to make any adjustments necessary in our interview arrangements and subsequently in performing the role if appointed.

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