Some applicants just don't give themselves a proper chance. They do daft things that just annoy the appointments committee. Some of the daft things that I have seen include: • Documents sent without the name on each sheet. You need to have your name in the bottom margin in EVERY sheet. There was even one supporting statement without any name on it at all. Anywhere • Documents sent in non-professional font (Comic sans), or in tiny font - one was 7.5 • An application letter sent in the body of the e-mail, instead of as an attached document. How messy does that look when printed out? • No letter, nor a supporting statement, just an application form • Career history given with years but no months. We need to know exactly when, to check there wasn't a nine-month prison sentence somewhere. Or actually gaps left unexplained in your chronology • Daft e-mail addresses - who's going to want to employ someone who chooses to be known as BigBadBoy@hotmail.com or DizzyBlonde@yahoo.co.uk or email@example.com • Daft names given to the files you are sending us: My_Lucky_CV.doc . Or one with the wrong school in the filename: appl_for_Eton.doc. Give your documents a name that includes YOUR name: TheoGriff_CV.doc, TheoGriff_application.doc • Not giving current Head as a referee. One applicant actually didn't give current Head, and has not put name of current school in the application - states just Primary School - presumably to prevent us contacting the Head • The multi-coloured application, with a photo of daughter at Valentine's Day Ball (No, I couldn't see the relevance of it either), or logos of every place you had ever been associated with neatly pasted in at the appropriate point - your school, university, places of employment. Don't be daft - make sure that your application is perfectly professional!