Guidance on applying for Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA) posts.
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.
- your job title
- name of the organisation
- dates of employment
- key tasks, responsibilities, stakeholders
- significant achievements
- 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.
- sifting your application
- administering interviews
- assessing any accessibility requirements
- carrying out security and identity checks.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Data Protection Officer
Welsh Revenue Authority
PO Box 110
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right to lodge a complaint
If you are dissatisfied with the way we are managing your personal data, contact email@example.com. 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