Hi Theo and any other readers. Ages and ages and ages ago I came across a thread which gave details about how to apply to jobs and what the covering letter, letter of application and executive summary involves. Unfortunately I am unable to find them so I am sorry if I am repeating a question that has been previously asked a million times. Whilst still on my final placement, I applied for a job and was given an interview (lost out to an internal applicant). For this job, I simply sent my application letter and an e-mail with a title "for the attention of Mr HeadteacherX" and wrote an e-mail thanking him for the school visit, what I learnt from it and how and why I would fit in at the school. I did this as there was nowhere on the advertisement that it asked for anything else. Simply said, please return your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org etc and now a lot of the advertisements I see say the same. However, I have been now attaching my application form in addition to attaching a "letter of application" in which I say about my school visit and attempt to meet the person specification as well. My questions are: 1) Should I send a letter of application to EVERY school? Even if it does not say anything about a letter of app? 2) Am I confusing letter of app with a cover letter? I recently sent off my first application with a letter and an executive summary, you'll be pleased to know and I will aim to do more executive summaries. The thing I find hard, is that some advertisments do not post a person specification or have the person specification on their website. This was one of those schools, so I picked out key phrases from their advertisement and letter to applicants. I hope this is ok! Thank you for reading and thanks in advance. I thought I fully understood the whole job applying business but after doing a fair amount this week, I'm starting to think, am I doing something wrong?!