accessibility & help

How to apply

We encourage all candidates to apply online. Here you can find information on how to search and apply for jobs at the British Red Cross.

How to search for jobs

Use these buttons to go to the jobs pages and select your search criteria using the menus.  

Search for UK jobs Search for overseas jobs

Vacancy alerts

If you do not see a position that you like the look of now, register online for vacancy alerts. We will notify you when roles that match your search criteria are available.

To register for vacancy alerts, just search for a role that you are interested in (for instance, jobs located in Wales). At the bottom of the search screen, click on the button which says 'Click here to save this search as a job alert'.

Applying for a position

Once you have clicked on a job you like and reviewed the vacancy description, at the bottom of the page you will have two options:

  • apply online
  • send to a friend.

Click on “Apply online” 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.

The application form is divided into sections. You do not have to complete the sections in any particular order. A red exclamation mark will appear next to all incomplete sections. Once a section is complete a green tick will appear next to it.

An “Apply” button will appear only when all sections are complete and marked green. If you do not submit your application using the “Apply” button then your application is incomplete and will not be shortlisted.

We prefer you to use our online application system and we recommend that you use Internet Explorer or Firefox to do so. If you are unable to apply online please email the recruitment administrator listed for the role you wish to apply for.

Education, training and personal skills

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

Tell us about the exams that you have passed, any relevant courses you have attended or your skills.

Work experience

The form asks you to give details of previous jobs held, and account for any gaps in your employment record. You should provide full details of the last five years of your employment, but also provide further basic details of all roles you have held in your career. If any of these positions were not in the UK, please ensure you mention which country you worked in.

You may have developed skills and experience through unpaid work. Details of these should be included, particularly when they are relevant to the role you are applying for.


Referees will not be contacted until an offer of employment is made. Wherever 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 have been employed by the same employer for more than five years, one reference will suffice to cover this period.

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 are unable to provide a work, volunteering or educational reference please note this on your application and the reasons why.

Supporting statement

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 in the person specification section.

Make sure you give specific examples. For example, tell us what you did in your job rather than what the team did. Also, provide 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.

Shortlisting is carried out using the information that you provide in this section. Shortlisted applications are then scored against the criteria in the person specification to decide your suitability for interview.

Criminal convictions

If the post you apply for is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check) the vacancy information will tell you so. All positions based overseas are subject to a DBS check.

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 DBS check but you have an unspent caution, conviction or bindover, you should declare this on the application.

If you have a criminal record this does not automatically prevent you from being considered for a job with the Red Cross. 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 during the recruitment process.

Completing a saved application

Please complete as much of the application form as you can. After you have completed each section a green tick will appear next to it.

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

Once you have completed all sections, you will be asked to agree to our data protection requirements. Then an “Apply” button will appear allowing you to submit your application form to us. You will not be able to go back into your application and change any information once you have submitted it.

Also on the “My applications” page you can book interview dates if your application has progressed to the next stage.

Have you previously applied for a job with us?

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.

Disability confident scheme

As part of our positive approach to disability, we are proud to participate in the disability confident scheme for roles based in the UK.

During the application process you will be asked if you wish to apply under disability confident scheme. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates (as defined in the 2010 Equality Act) who meet the minimum shortlisting criteria as indicated in the advertised person specification.

Any questions or feedback?

Please contact our dedicated resourcing team on freephone 0300 004 0554 or email them at with any questions or feedback.