Advice for all job applicants

Advice for applicants

Our recruitment is based on recognised best practice guidelines, but our approach might be new to you.  Please read the advice given below to help ensure you make the best application possible when applying for a job with us:

  • Make sure you meet the deadline for applications and follow all the instructions for applying. Late, incomplete or incorrect applications are very unlikely to be accepted.  We do not generally accept CVs, unless it is specifically asked for in the advert for a particular role.
  • Make sure your application is tailored to the job you are applying for. One you have prepared before may not address all the criteria required for that particular role.
  • Before applying, spend time carefully reading the Job Description and Person Specification to ensure you are clear about how to complete the application form. The Job Description is a document that outlines the purpose of the role and the main duties and responsibilities that you would be expected to undertake if you got the job. The Person Specification forms part of the Job Description for any role that we advertise, and outlines the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that we are looking for in our ideal candidate for that role and that you will be required to demonstrate on a day to day basis if you get the job.
  • All job applications that LMSU receives are anonymised and considered on a points system based purely on how far applicants demonstrate that they meet the Person Specification for that role.  Whether you are shortlisted for an interview will depend on how well you can demonstrate that you meet the Person Specification criteria for the role.
  • The Supporting Information section on our application form is a key section of your application. This section is where you must demonstrate how you meet the criteria listed in the Person Specification.  When completing your application form, ensure you use the Supporting Information section to clearly outline, with examples, how you meet the criteria outlined on the Person Specification for the role that you are applying for.
  • Make sure your examples are relevant and provide evidence of the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities sought for that particular job.  You can use examples gained from your current and previous employment, voluntary work, your academic studies, extracurricular or leisure interests and any other activities you consider relevant to the position.
  • The best applications are often structured to make clear how the applicant meets each of the individual criteria - consider adding headings for each separate criteria on the Person Specification in the Supporting Information section of your application.


For advice on applying for work, please see our Employability webpage and have a look at the huge array of resources provided by the University's Careers and Employability Service. Their help is particularly recommended for students who have not had much experience applying for work or if you are used to applying for work outside of the UK.  


These resources from the Careers and Employability Service will be useful when  applying for a role: 


LMSU’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion 

LMSU is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment and takes proactive steps to promoting equal opportunities as an employer, as a democratic, representative and campaigning body, and as a provider of services, activities and events.  In addition to promoting an inclusive culture for all by providing equality of opportunity, LMSU also recognises the value of difference and is committed to enhancing diversity, recognising, respecting and valuing different identities, perspectives and backgrounds.  

One of our key priorities as an employer is to ensure our recruitment processes attract, support and retain staff from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.

We are really committed to maintaining a diverse workforce because we know how important it is to have staff with varied lived experiences and backgrounds that reflect our diverse community.

We welcome applications from everyone, and we want to strongly encourage applications from; people with an ethnic minority or Chinese background, people with a disability, people with dependants, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

We conduct anonymous shortlisting for all job applications and all of our interview panels have Unconscious Bias training in order to support the above.


Applicants with a disability or long term health condition

LMSU aims to implement reasonable adjustments for all applicants with disabilities in order to ensure equitable access to jobs.

We want to make sure everyone is supported in our selection processes, and are equipped to work safely and get as much as possible out of their role as possible.

If you have a disability or long term health condition and require any adjustments to enable you to complete an application for a job or attend an interview, please contact the named staff member who applications are directed to for the role you are interested in for a confidential discussion.

You can find out more about LMSU’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion by reading our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.


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