How to apply for a Job

Job opportunities at East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) are all advertised through the WMJobs website.

You can register for ESBC's job opportunities email notifications through WMJobs.

You can also apply online for ESBC jobs (and other public sector employers within the West Midlands) if you register an account with WMJobs.

If you require a paper application form, please contact Human Resources.

  • Paper applications should be completed in black ink or typed.
  • This will ensure that when your application form is scanned into our recruitment system, the information will be clear and easy to read.  
  • Paper applications received after the closing date will not be considered. 

If you have difficulty completing our standard application form because of a language barrier or disability, please contact Human Resources and we will arrange to provide assistance.  

Please keep free any interview / assessment dates indicated on the advert as it is not normally possible to re-arrange these dates. 

CVs are not accepted.  

We look forward to receiving your application.

Human Resources
HR@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk
01283 508708 

Application Form - Guidance Notes

  • Make sure that you complete all sections of the application form as clearly and fully as possible. 
  • If you wish to apply for more than one job, you need to submit a separate application for each one.
    • The selection panel will be looking for different things for each job, so to give yourself the best chance, fill in each form bearing in mind what is required for that particular job.
  • Make sure you provide statements that demonstrate how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification, giving examples of your evidence.
    • Tell us what relevant experience, skills and abilities you have, whether you have gained these during current or previous employment, voluntary work, at home, through social interests and hobbies or gained through academic achievement (including school and college). 
    • Up to two additional sides of paper provide sufficient information for the shortlisting panel to consider your application.  
  • The decision to shortlist you for interview will be based on the information you provide on the application form.  
  • References:
    • One of the referees quoted on the form should be your present or most recent employer. 
    • If you are leaving full-time education and do not have a recent employer, please give details of a referee from education. 
    • Your referees should know you sufficiently well to confirm the information you have given and comment on your ability to do the job. 
    • Please state in which capacity you know them.
  • The information provided in the Equality section of the application form is ONLY used for statistical / monitoring purposes and is not accessible to the recruiting line manager. 
  • When completed, read through your application form very carefully, checking for errors or omissions.  
  • Make sure that your application is submitted ahead of the closing date. 

Employment of Related Persons

You must disclose any relationships with any Councillor or employee of East Staffordshire Borough Council at the time of application.

Definition of related persons is husband and wife, son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, brother or sister, nephew or niece, grandparents. 

Direct family relationships and indirect family relationships such as common law, same sex relationships, “in-laws” and step-relationships are included.

This does not prevent the appointment of related persons. 

Our policy on the employment of related persons is available from Human Resources.

Rehabilitation of the Offenders Act 1974

You will notice that one of the sections on the application form asks for details of any criminal convictions that you have. 

You must disclose all convictions that you have, including motoring offences, except where these convictions have become ‘spent’. 

Some jobs involving working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust are exempt from these provisions. 

You must, therefore, disclose details of reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions, including spent and unspent convictions. 

In these instances, there is a specific question on the application form.  

Applicants with Disabilities – Disability Confident Employer

East Staffordshire Borough Council is a Level 2 accredited Disability Confident Employer, which means we have made five commitments relating to the employment of people with disabilities.  These commitments are:

  • To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities;
  • To discuss with disabled employees, at any time, but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities;
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment;
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work;
  • To review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them, and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.