What is a supporting statement?

A supporting statement is a summary of your experience, skills, and career goals which is included as part of a job application and can help you stand out amongst your competition. Your supporting statement should be written with the aim of convincing prospective employers that you’re a good fit for the role that you are applying for. Therefore, you will need to create a new supporting statement for each job application through which you showcase how your skills and knowledge match with what the employer is searching for.

 

How long should a supporting statement be?

You should aim to make your supporting statement around 150 words. Hence, you must be concise and to the point in order to showcase all your relevant skills and experience.

 

What should you include in your supporting statement?

We have created a list to help guide you with what to include in your supporting statement:

Introduction

At the start of your supporting statement, you should provide a brief overview of who you are, your education, and your experience as well as what you are looking for in your job search.

A helpful tip to consider when writing your opening line is to aim to accurately describe yourself in a short statement that gets straight to the point, including relevant industry and academic experience.

Example: Motivated and dynamic Marketing Executive, With a first-class degree in Marketing from the University of Nottingham and over 5 years’ worth of experience. I am currently searching for a Marketing Management role to utilise my skill set and challenge my leadership skills.

 

Skills and experience specific to the job

When writing about your skills and experience you should try to provide evidence of how they match the job description requirements to portray why you are perfect for the position.

A useful tip at this stage is to brainstorm your skills and experience in a mind map which can then be compared with the skills that are mentioned in the job description.

Example: I have exceptional communication skills meaning that I can effectively communicate brand messages in a way that resonates with the target audience, increasing the likelihood that they will be influenced to carry out the desired action. In my previous role, I was responsible for creating engaging marketing content designed to reach the target audience, social media management, and conducting market research to monitor trends and competition. 

 
Why you are applying for this specific role

At this stage, you should explain to the employer what you find appealing about the specific role or what makes you want to work for the specific company.

A tip to aid with this is to look at the job description and highlight what initially caused you to be interested in applying for this role.

 Example: I am applying for this role because I want to experience marketing in a new sector and help to create awareness for a smaller brand. Furthermore, the company values that you highlighted in the job description align with what is important to me.

 

Career goals

Summarise what you are hoping to achieve in this role and how this will help you to move towards achieving your career goals.

It may be beneficial to brainstorm again at this stage by mind mapping your career goals and creating links to how the role will help you to progress towards achieving your end goals.

Example: I am looking to have more responsibility within the marketing team and develop my leadership skills. I am confident that with my experience and expertise I would be an asset to your team.