Applying for a Job as a Midwife

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The application process can be a long, winding and frustrating path, and is certainly an unwanted extra burden at a very stressful and busy time.

It is widely realised as a difficult subject for many final-year students to contemplate, because above all else, the thought of becoming a midwife is overwhelmingly frightening. It is tempting to bury your head in the sand, and throw yourself in to the (many) other projects, exams, placements, dissertations or issues you may have going on, but the following headings will help you navigate this road; an essential stepping stone to the journey you are about to take: qualification.

The first step is waiting for vacancies at your chosen trust/s to be advertised. Most NHS trusts have a rolling recruitment programme, meaning they will advertise for jobs almost all year round, with the amount of funding they receive dictating how many staff they can employ. There may be a surge in vacancies suitable for newly qualified applicants from around April-August, as this is when large numbers of students qualify.

The next step is creating your application to the best of your ability, and submitting it to your chosen trust.

Then comes the wait to discover if you have secured an invite, and if yes, the planning and preparation that comes with getting ready for your first interview for a qualified position. We offer hints and tips that will help you navigate this nerve wracking time so that you can sell yourself to the best of your ability, paving the way for a confident, shining, enthusiastic and highly regarded newly qualified midwife.

Should I send a letter of interest?
Some trusts welcome letters of interest and CV’s and some prefer you to reply to a job vacancy and complete a standard application form. Find out which is appropriate for the Trust you are hoping to work within.

Should I organise a visit to a different trust?
If you can, it is always wise to keep your options open in relation to where you would be willing to obtain a position once qualified.

One way to scope out a potential trust is to organise a visit or a tour to that unit.

To organise a visit you will usually be referred to one of the ward managers who deal with recruitment, if you are unsure how to contact this person/s directly go through the main hospital switchboard and ask. If this proves impossible, a general enquiry to a maternity administration department (if available) or even the main labour ward should point you in the right direction.

Writing your supporting statement (aka NQM PS or SS)
Structure your supporting statement the same way as the person specification is written this will ensure your SS is easy to read and will easily equate to the selection grid that the selection panel will be using – that way you have more chance of scoring highly at the initial selection.

Ensure you cover the main areas as outlined in the job description – use examples to demonstrate your suitability for the role.

Be succinct and don’t ramble. Your supporting statement should be between 400-700 words, try not to go over this as you may find you begin to repeat yourself.
Outline your passion
Outline your education
Outline your experience
Outline your communication skills
Outline your time management skills
Outline your flexibility & that you are a team player
Outline that you are an independent practitioner
Outline Continued Professional Development (CPD)
Outline your activities :: Groups/Campaigns
Don’t forget the basics; spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, syntax, paragraphing and academic language.

Your application and the internet
With qualification fast approaching, it’s never too early to start keeping an eye on the NHS jobs website as well as keeping an ear to the ground about jobs that may be popping up in your local area, or even in your placement trust.

If you would like a comprehensive guide to applying for a job as a midwife then please see our ‘From Senior Student to Newly Qualified Midwife’ guide.

If you would like guidance specifically with your supporting statement then consider using the SMNET Edge service for supporting statements.

Good luck with your job hunting and let us know how you get on!