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When writing the personal information and career history sections of your CV, be sure to provide accurate and comprehensive details. Highlight skills and experience that directly relate to the role you're applying for.

Tailor your CV to each application, emphasising transferable skills mentioned in the job description. Keep it concise - two pages is sufficient. Check for any employment gaps, and account for them. Finally update your CV regularly to keep it current. Crafting a strong, tailored CV showcases your qualifications and improves your chances of landing an interview.

To apply for one of our jobs please use the search and apply button on our site

Have a look at our application and CV top tips page

We are always keen to hear from people who are eager to join us - applications need to be submitted via our careers site or you can register for future needs through our Talent Pool feature

Application questions

Essential criteria: Some positions have eligibility requirements that applicants must meet. Please read the job description carefully and provide accurate, relevant information about how you meet the criteria. Honesty and attention to detail are definitely key!

We may ask questions through the application to showcase your talent and passion for making a difference by sharing your past experiences. To construct compelling responses, consider using the STAR method: it provides a simple yet powerful way to explain how you handled specific situations and challenges in the past.

We are really lucky that some of our roles attract a high level of interest and for this reason we review applications as they are received. Unfortunately on some occasions this means roles may close earlier than advertised, so early submissions are highly recommended

Our email address is: or you can call us on: 0300 1230 685

Or you can complete this form

The recruitment process varies depending on the position and this could include:

  • Interviews
  • Assessment centres
  • Presentations
  • Role-related testing
  • Animal handling and behaviour exercises for animal-related roles.


We will clearly communicate the interview format in the invitations to ensure transparency throughout the process

You will receive an automated email confirming your application once submitted. Our team reviews all applications, so expect an update within two to three weeks. If you have not heard back after three weeks, please email: We appreciate your patience as we work through applications and will notify you of your status as soon as possible

Unfortunately, we cannot interview all applicants due to the high volume of interest, and there may be candidates more qualified for the role. While we would like to provide feedback to each applicant, it is not feasible given the number of submissions

The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioural-based interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.

  • Situation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalised description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
  • Task: What goal were you working toward?
  • Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? Be careful that you don’t describe what the team or group did when talking about a project, but what you actually did. Use the word “I,” not “we” when describing actions.
  • Result: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behaviour. What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Make sure your answer contains multiple positive results. Make sure that you follow all parts of the STAR method. Be as specific as possible


Once you accept our offer, a member of our talent team will guide you through the onboarding process on our recruitment platform. You will receive regular system notifications tracking your progress as you complete the necessary background checks. Then, your new manager will contact you with important details about what to expect on your exciting first day!

A member of our talent team will contact you when we make an offer to mutually agree on a start date that works for both of us. Typically new hires start within three weeks, but we understand if you need more time to complete your current employer's notice period. Our goal is to choose a start date that allows enough time for us to finish background checks and prepare your IT equipment, while also accommodating your needs

Currently all of our fleet vehicles have manual transmissions, we cannot accept applications from candidates who cannot drive a manual transmission when that skill is listed as a job requirement

Due to the high volume of submissions, we regret that providing individual feedback to each applicant is not feasible. However, we aim to give feedback to candidates who we have interviewed.


To view any alternate opportunities that may be of interest please visit:

We aim to make our recruitment process comfortable, supportive, and accessible for all applicants. Please let us know if you need any reasonable accommodations during the application or interview process, and we will work with you to provide the adjustments you need to perform at your best. Contact: to discuss how we can support you, and we will collaborate to find solutions that are fully inclusive for different needs and working styles

Currently we do not have a formal graduate placement programme, but we plan to establish one in the future. Please check our careers site periodically for updates on opportunities

Our apprenticeship programmes offer an incredible opportunity for ambitious, passionate people to gain new knowledge and abilities while earning an income. You will learn on the job, take on real responsibility, and receive support from experts in the field - it’s a win win! Check out our Early careers page on our careers site

We don't currently sponsor visa applications. We can only consider applications from candidates who have existing legal rights to work in the United Kingdom, whether permanent or temporary

Our most popular roles attract many highly qualified candidates, but we often have limited openings available. If so, we may offer you 'Talent Pool' status after a successful interview. This allows us to contact you directly when we have an additional opening for that role, without requiring you to interview again. Please be aware we may have additional considerations that will be discussed when we make the initial offer

Volunteers make a tremendous impact on our work to prevent cruelty, promote kindness, and alleviate animal suffering. In addition volunteering offers many benefits like meeting like-minded people passionate about animal welfare, gaining new skills or developing existing ones, trying something new, contributing to the community, and building confidence. As a volunteer, you can gain valuable transferable skills in fundraising, campaigning, finance, team building, management, computers, and administration. The possibilities are endless. Further information can be found on our Volunteering page

The video link for your interview will be emailed to you one hour before the start time. Please check your inbox, spam, and junk folders to ensure you receive it. If you still can't find the link one hour prior, please contact us immediately on:

We appreciate your support! Our website offers many ways you can get involved. Together, there are actions, big and small, we can take to create a better world for every animal

Acing your cover letter

A cover letter is a great opportunity to make a strong first impression and stand out from other applicants. In your cover letter, showcase your motivation for the position and convince us why you are the ideal candidate. Highlight relevant skills and experience that make you suitable for this specific role at the RSPCA - key deliverables/achievements and any data to support your achievements really helps to craft a compelling, tailored letter that grabs our attention. Carefully check spelling and grammar, as this initial introduction is your chance to wow us.


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