Supporting information – How much do I write?

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Supporting information – How much do I write?

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Generally speaking...
- Would always aim to present yourself as someone who can express themselves in a relevant, clear, grammatical and concise manner (scan in forms and word process them if you’re not blessed with a beautiful script).
- If you can fit it in the box – do so. If you have the option of ‘continuing on another sheet’ - state this clearly in the box as mentioned above (e.g. ‘Please see attached sheet’) and begin and end the supporting information on a single sheet of A4.
- If you need to write more than one side, would seriously question whether you are providing more information than is necessary – focus on/prioritise what is important/relevant (you will eventually need to be able to do this for section 10 on the clinical form).
- Occasionally where appropriate, you could attach a second sheet, which listed ‘other [hitherto unmentioned] relevant activities’, e.g. attendance at conferences, workshops, training days, courses, lecture series, presentations, etc.

If you find yourself going over ‘the limit’ try prioritising your experiences: spend more time on the more 'impressive' stuff and less on the 'less impressive'! It is possible to lump together a couple of jobs into a sentence or two (to add colour) and at the same time relate this to the post in question (in one swoop! :wink:). It can be done - definitely worth practising.

The one-page rule is not set ‘in stone’, but the chances are people are more likely to read it – less is more etc...

And a little humour…
If you write three sides where one will suffice, there is a danger you may (in certain individuals) set off some of the following, unconsciously or otherwise…:wink:

What does the candidate feel they are adding to their application by writing ‘more’?
Why/how do they think this will enhance/benefit their application?
If I’m being forced into reading ‘more’ – they better be (really) good…
Is it a problem for this applicant to express themselves clearly/concisely?
Do they not know this is a valuable skill to possess/cultivate?
Why do they insist on repeating themselves?
Don’t they know they need to address the person spec in a more efficient rather than compulsive manner?
Why do I have to wade through every single experience the candidate thinks is relevant, rather than what is actually relevant to the job on offer – after all the two things are distinct.
Has the applicant taken into account the perspective of the reader (for instance, ‘crammed in’ information at the expense of readability/layout)?
Do I want to work with this person?

Of course, everyone knows psychologists are far more ‘reasonable’ than this…:wink:

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