How to apply

Advice on finding your perfect role, setting up job alerts and tips for applying, as well as information on DBS checks and the disability confident scheme.

We’re committed to recruiting the best people possible to help us with our mission of using human kindness to overcome crisis.

Below, we set out information on the application process to make it as easy as possible for you to apply to become part of our team.

Finding your perfect role

We advertise every role online. You can use the following links to search for current vacancies in the UK and overseas.

Search for UK jobs

Find out about overseas jobs

Job alerts

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, register for vacancy alerts.  We’ll let you know when your chosen role becomes available.

To do this, simply click on the button at the bottom of the search page that reads 'Click here to save this search as a job alert'.

Tips for applying

Before filling out your application, you’ll need the following information:

  • personal details
  • education and work history
  • referees

Make sure your referees are aware they’re being put forward, this will save time if we need to contact them. We will only contact references should an offer of employment be made.

We’d suggest you read about the work we do and our values.

Also, you should have a thorough read of the job description and person specification for the role. How well does this match up with your skills and experience? Do you have relevant examples?

Don’t forget to note the closing date. Give yourself plenty of time to fill out the application in case you run into any problems.

Filling out your application

Our application is divided into sections. Every section needs to be completed before you can apply.

Please make sure to click the ‘apply’ button when you’ve completed all sections or else we won’t receive your application.

You don’t 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.

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

If you forget your password at any time, you can request a new one from the log-in page.

Our application form works best in either Internet Explorer or Firefox, so we recommend using these browsers.

Forgotten your password?

If you're mid-way through a job application, simply reset your password on the log-in page to continue.

Criminal Convictions

If the post you apply for is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the vacancy information will state this requirement. 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.

GOV.UK has published detailed guidance on DBS checks.

Disability confident scheme

We are committed to ensuring everyone feels welcome at the British Red Cross. As such, 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 the disability confident scheme.

We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates (as defined in the 2010 Equality Act) who meet the minimum shortlisting criteria in the advertised person specification and apply under the disability confident scheme.

Any questions?

If you have any issues with the application process, our recruitment team will be happy to help.

Call us:

0300 004 0554

Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm