Guidance on applying for Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA) posts.

We review personal statements and CV’s as 2 separate documents. To apply for a role, send the 'your details form' with:

  • your CV, and
  • a personal statement

Send all 3 documents to: hr@wra.gov.wales.

How to write a personal statement

A personal statement allows you to expand on your CV to show your suitability for the role you are applying for. Your personal statement should:

  • demonstrate how your transferrable skills meet the requirements of the role as described in the job advert and/or job description
  • bring out your personal qualities and strengths, and describe how they would transfer to the role
  • NOT use competency formats such as STAR.
  • note the word count stated in the job description (typically between 800-1200 words).

How to write your CV

A CV provides detail on your work, volunteering and learning history. Your CV can include a brief personal statement. This is not the same as the personal statement document mentioned above. When writing your CV, you should:

  • tailor your CV for the role you are applying for. Show how you meet the requirements of the role and any essential criteria.
  • be brief, there is no word limit, but a CV should not normally be longer than 2 A4 pages. Bullet points work well on CVs.
  • use clear headings to separate your education and work histories.
  • order education or work histories so that the most recent is at the top.
  • include:
    • your job title
    • name of the organisation
    • dates of employment
    • key tasks, responsibilities, stakeholders
    • significant achievements
    for each relevant role.
  • include any relevant voluntary work in this section.

Removal of personal information

To make sure that you are judged on merit only, we operate ‘name-blind’ recruitment. This helps exclude irrelevant factors such as background, race or gender.

You should check that none of the following are included on your CV or personal statement:

  • name or title
  • educational institution names
  • age or gender
  • email address
  • postal address or telephone number
  • nationality or immigration status

It is fine to include evidence relating to your current role or organisation. Give your personal details on your application form. This will then be separated from your application.

HR privacy notice

Purposes of processing

The personal data you provide to WRA during the recruitment process will only be used for the purposes of assessing your suitability for a post.

This includes:

  • sifting your application
  • administering interviews
  • assessing any accessibility requirements
  • carrying out security and identity checks.

Recipients

Your personal data will not be shared with any other third party. If your application for employment is successful, please refer to the HR privacy notice for employees for further information on how your personal data is handled as an employee.

Retention period/criteria

We will retain personal data relating to recruitment for 2 years.

Identity and contact details of controller and representative

WRA is the data controller for all personal data processed for HR purposes. Any queries about how your personal data is processed should be addressed to data@wra.gov.wales

Data Protection Officer

Post:
Welsh Revenue Authority
PO Box 110
Pontypridd
CF37 9EH
 
Email: data@wra.gov.wales

Rights

The GDPR includes a number of rights that individuals can exercise. When we process your personal data for recruitment purposes, we do so because we consider the processing is necessary for our public function. As such there are a number of rights that are specifically relevant:

  • You have a right to request access to your own personal data.
  • Where your data is inaccurate, you will often have a right to have it corrected. There may be some narrow circumstances where this right does not apply.
  • You have a right to object to the processing of your personal data if you have concerns about how we are doing it.

If you wish to exercise any of your rights under the GDPR, please contact: data@wra.gov.wales

Right to lodge a complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the way we are managing your personal data, contact data@wra.gov.wales. If you remain dissatisfied, you are entitled to raise your concerns with the Information Commissioner’s Office. The contact details are:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF