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Making an application

We aim to make our job application process as simple and friendly as possible.

This section contains useful information that will guide you through the various stages of our recruitment process.

Please use the links below to find the answers to questions about requesting a job vacancy application pack, guidance and tips on how to complete the application form, information for candidates with disabilities, details about the shortlisting and selection process, and the legal checks that we are required to undertake before making an offer of employment.

Our Colchester - The Council's Strategic Plan 2018-21 sets out how we will play our part in making Colchester a place where people want to live, learn, work and visit.

Laptop Icon Getting application information Each job vacancy advertised provides an overview of the position as well as a copy of the Job Accountability Statement (JAS) the Person Specification and a link to a downloadable application and equality and diversity monitoring form. Information Icon Guidance on how to apply We actively encourage candidates to make a downloadable application via our website as this reduces the amount of paper generated during the recruitment process. Information Icon Our Goals, Attitudes and Behaviours We have three core goals for the organisation, with underpinning attitudes and behaviours which we expect our staff to have. You may find it useful to consider how you would be able to demonstrate these in your application. Group of People Icon Disability Confident If you tell us that you have a disability on the Equality and Diversity monitoring form, you will be able to benefit from the nationally recognised "Disability Confident" scheme. Information Icon Immigration Act and English language To comply with the Asylum, Immigration and Nationality Act 2006 all prospective employees will be asked to supply evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK. Information Icon Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Some jobs with Colchester Borough Council and Colchester Borough Homes may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) check on the successful applicant. Information Icon Public Sector Network Some jobs with Colchester Borough Council and Colchester Borough Homes may require additional checks on the successful applicant. Pen and Paper Icon References You will be asked to provide the details of two referees. Calendar Icon What happens after the closing date? We aim to inform the candidates who have been shortlisted for the job vacancy within 4 weeks of the closing date with full details of the next stage in the assessment process.