Friday, October 4, 2019

Royal Family's 'golden rule' for application forms if you want to work at the Palace

For many people, working for the Royal Family and spending your days behind-the-scenes with the Queen, Meghan Markle , Kate, Harry and Wills would be the perfect job.

Even though The Firm doesn't pay particularly well, many of the roles offer tempting benefits including accommodation in a real-life palace.

Roles at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Clarence House and the other royal households are always extremely popular, but luckily someone who successfully applied for a job has revealed the secret to getting through the door.


Princess Beatrice and Eugenie's former secretary James Upsher has shared a number of tips and tricks for anyone applying to work for one of the world's most famous families.

During his four years as assistant private secretary, James helped to organise the Queen's 90th birthday and was involved in the logistics for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's oversees tours.

Writing on his blog, he explains that it's important to stress your connections to the Commonwealth to make yourself stand out from hundreds of other applicants.

He writes: "The Household serves all the countries where Her Majesty is Head of State and the Commonwealth, so your understanding and connection to parts of the world beyond the UK that connect with the Royal Family are hugely valuable to the organisation and you should stress these in your application.

"Sorry Americans, you opted out of that one."

He also says it's worth mentioning the values you share with the Royal Family, so it's worth a look through their patronages.

“If you were a Scout or a Guide, there's a Royal Patron for that. If you ran a marathon for Cancer Research UK, there's a Royal Patron for that.

“Pretty much every positive social activity in the UK - and many beyond - have an association with Royal Family and mentioning the ones you're involved with – and that you know about the connection - can demonstrate the values you share with the Household.”

But there is one thing you should never write on your application form.

He writes: "This is the golden rule. I'd bet in my pile of 500 applications for a role, around 100 will have ruled themselves out in the very first line of the application with the words 'I have always dreamed of working for the Royal Family.'

"I’m afraid the recruiter for that admin job doesn't share your excitement at the pending fulfilment of childhood fantasy, they have hundreds of letters to send out and want someone who will be really really good at office admin.

"Of course, you should have a line mentioning your great respect for the institution, but play this one very cool to stay out of the 'no' pile."

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