Civil Service Success Profiles
The Civil Service recruits using a skills, abilities and experience framework called Success Profiles. For each job, we consider what you need to demonstrate to perform successfully in the job. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job and gives you an opportunity to demonstrate what you can bring to it.
Success Profiles video
This video tells you what you'll need to provide throughout the assessment process with supporting guidance on each step.
How to write your CV
For some jobs you will be asked to provide a CV (curriculum vitae) as part of your application. Here you can find information on how to write the best CV.
How to write your personal statement
For some jobs you will be asked to provide a personal statement or statement of suitability. Here you can find information on how to show yourself in the best light.
The Civil Service Behaviours are one element of the Success Profile. These are the things that people do that result in effective performance. Read more about why we use Behaviours to assess you here.
What to expect next
The recruitment process, and what evidence is asked for, varies depending on the job you are applying for. Here you can read about different stages of recruitment.
It is much more diverse than I thought it would be. I thought as a woman of colour I would stick out. That hasn’t been the case at all. My cohort of apprentices are so diverse
How to Apply
Still need more information on how to apply? Head back to our list of information to support you with your application.
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See all of the detailed Success Profiles guides
GOV.UK hosts a huge amount of guidance on the different elements of Success Profiles.
Click here to view all of the guidance packs